Kansas reported Friday that it saw more than 1,000 new novel coronavirus cases over the previous two days, again giving the state its worst seven-day spike since the pandemic began.
Cowley County reached 97 cases on Friday, according to state figures. Local figures released on the City-Cowley County Health Department website, last updated on Thursday, showed 96 cases with 20 active infections.
That represents a 24 percent increase in overall cases since the the middle of last week when they stood at 79, and an 82 percent increase in active cases since last Friday when that number had dipped to 11.
Public Health Officer Thomas Langer on Friday was out of the office an unable to monitor email, according to an automated response to questions about the current virus situation.
Summer County’s recent spike in viruses continues, reaching 58 total cases on Friday, according to the state. Local health officials just the day before reported 48 cases with 25 active.
The public health officer there this week tried to impose a mask order but was overturned by Sumner County commissioners. The order did reinstitute Phase 3 of reopening plans that limit public gatherings to 60 people.
Sedgwick County on Friday reported 87 new cases and added 64 active cases for a total of 1,423 active cases; it’s positive testing percentage continues to climb, reaching 11.02 percent on Thursday.
Butler County had 124 cases as of Friday, according to state figures. Kay County, Okla., had 141 cases with 111 recoveries and nine deaths. A week ago the figures were 123 cases, 91 recoveries and eight deaths.
Oklahoma breaks down information by city, too. Ponca City had seen 127 total cases and seven deaths; Newkirk six cases and one death; Blackwell six cases and one death; Kaw City two cases and one death; Tonkawa seven cases.
Kansas has seen a resurgence in reported cases since mid-June that has grown increasingly intense this month. It's prompted Gov. Laura Kelly to announce plans for delaying the reopening of public K-12 schools until after Labor Day, though the State Board of Education must sign off on such a measure.
The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas has had a total of 21,965 reported novel coronavirus cases, up 1,032 or 4.9 percent from Wednesday. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and people can be infected without feeling sick.
The health department reported no change in the number of COVID-19-related deaths, making it still 299 for the pandemic. However, Johns Hopkins University put the tally at 305.
Kansas has seen an increase in 3,354 coronavirus cases during the seven days ending Friday, a jump of 18 percent. The daily average for new cases during the period was 479.
Oklahoma's daily coronavirus report showed Friday that 699 more people have tested positive, and seven more people have died.
Meanwhile, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, declined slightly, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
The department reported the latest totals of 24,140 confirmed cases and 445 deaths since March. The department reported 23,441 confirmed positive cases and 438 deaths Thursday.
As of Friday, 604 people in Oklahoma were hospitalized with coronavirus conditions. That's down from the 638 people the state reported as hospitalized the day before.
CourierTraveler publisher David A. Seaton contributed to this report.