Douglas County sees lowest 14-day moving average of new COVID-19 cases since August; 5 more COVID-19 deaths reported

photo by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

Feb. 22 COVID-19 update from the health department

Douglas County has averaged about 14 new COVID-19 cases per day over the last 14 days, which is the lowest average the county has seen since mid-August.

“Our 14-day moving average of daily case count is continuing to decline at a consistent level. To keep these numbers low, it remains important for Douglas County community members to continue to be vigilant in washing your hands, maintaining social distance and limiting gatherings,” Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health wrote in its Monday COVID-19 update.

Douglas County is averaging 13.5 new cases per day, according to the 14-day moving average graph updated weekdays by the health department.

The department also announced Monday that five more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, bringing the county’s death toll to 76.

None of the five newly reported deaths occurred in the past week. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said in its update that the department was recently notified of the new deaths by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Office of Vital Statistics.

The newly reported deaths included three people in the 85-plus age range, one person in the 75-to-84 age range and one person in the 55-to-64 age range, according to health department spokesperson George Diepenbrock.

Douglas County reported 8,570 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 22 cases since Friday.

In Douglas County, 8,170 out of the 8,570 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 400 cases are active.

Douglas County has a 14-day COVID-19 incidence rate of 169.59 per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 3.6%. Test positivity rates are 3.7% in Baldwin City, 3.5% in Lawrence and 3.3% in Lecompton and Eudora. Seven patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Monday, one more than Friday.

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.


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