Over 29,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County, 24 new cases

photo by: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health

March 22 COVID-19 update from the health department.

Data from four local health organizations showed that more than 29,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Douglas County as of Thursday.

Altogether, data from the four distributors — LMH Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Heartland Community Health Center and Haskell Indian Health Center — showed that 29,322 first doses and 15,517 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.

That’s an increase of 3,674 first doses and 2,543 second doses since the county last reported vaccine distribution information to the Journal-World on March 11. Last week was the first time Johnson & Johnson vaccines were distributed in Douglas County, and 266 doses were administered.

The most recent vaccine distribution data shows that the four aforementioned organizations have administered 29,322 of the 33,505 first doses they have received, or around 87.5%. The four organizations have also administered 15,517 of the 20,567 second doses they have received, or around 75.4%.

With both first and second doses, those four Douglas County organizations had administered 44,839 total doses as of Thursday. That’s an increase of 6,217 doses since data was last reported on March 11.

Douglas County reported 8,836 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 24 cases since data was last reported on Thursday.

In Douglas County, 8,586 out of the 8,836 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 250 cases are active.

The county has averaged about 7 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 7.14 new cases is the lowest moving average the county has seen since the summer and is down from a recent high of about 71 cases per day in early January.

Douglas County has a 14-day COVID-19 incidence rate of 83.13 per 100,000 people and a test positivity rate of 2%. Test positivity rates are 6.8% in Lecompton, 4.8% in Eudora, 1.8% in Lawrence and 0% in Baldwin City. Four patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Monday, the same number as Thursday. To date, 80 Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19.

Anyone who has not completed Douglas County’s vaccine interest form may do so online at dgcoks.org/vaccineinterestform. Any residents with questions about COVID-19 or the vaccine interest form may call Douglas County’s help line at 785-864-9000.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct number inactive cases.


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