3 new deaths, 236 new COVID-19 cases reported in county since last Wednesday

photo by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

Nov. 30 COVID-19 update from the health department

Three more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Monday update about the virus, meaning 25 residents total have been killed by the virus.

Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 22 people — six residents between the ages of 65 and 74, three residents between the ages of 75 and 84 and 13 residents age 85 or older — had died from COVID-19 or with the virus as a contributing factor in their deaths.

The three deaths since last Wednesday included a female in the 65-to-74 age range and a male and a female in the 75-to-84 age range. All three residents had been hospitalized at the time of their deaths, health department spokesperson George Diepenbrock said. LMH Health reported two new COVID-19 deaths at its hospital on Thursday and one new death on Friday.

Douglas County reported 4,880 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 236 cases since Wednesday. (Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the health department did not send out virus updates on Thursday or Friday.) Of the 4,880 cases, 3,582 are inactive or beyond the infectious period, meaning 1,298 cases are active.

The county has averaged 59 new cases per day over the last 14 days, according to a 14-day moving average graph updated weekdays by the health department. The current average of 58.93 new cases per day is down from a recent high of 74 cases per day in mid-November and up from a recent low of 17 cases per day in mid-October.

Douglas County’s 14-day moving average test positivity rate is at 6.9%. It is down from a recent high of about 13% in early November and up from a recent low of 4.9% in mid-October.

Twenty-three patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Monday, two fewer than Wednesday.

KDHE’s online map noted that 41,149 Douglas County residents had been tested for the disease so far. The county’s testing rate per 1,000 people was 336.6.

photo by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

Douglas County’s 14-day moving average PCR test positivity rate as of Nov. 30.

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