Douglas County reports 15 new COVID-19 cases; 490 remain active

photo by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

Feb. 19 COVID-19 update from the health department

Douglas County reported 8,548 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 15 cases since Thursday.

In Douglas County, 8,058 out of the 8,548 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 490 cases are active.

The county has averaged about 17 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 16.57 new cases per day is down from a recent high of 71 cases per day in early January.

Douglas County has a 14-day COVID-19 incidence rate of 192.87 per 100,000 people. Six patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Friday, the same number as Thursday. To date, 71 Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19.

Anyone who has not completed Douglas County’s vaccine interest form may do so online at Any residents who do not have internet access or who need help filling out the form may contact the Senior Resource Center at 785-842-0543 and leave a message. Staff will return calls during business hours in the order calls are received.

At the University of Kansas, there is a 1.94% COVID-19 positivity rate among faculty, staff and students for the most recent seven-day period for which data is available. Out of 361 total tests between Feb. 11 and Feb. 17, only seven came back positive.


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