The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kay County, Okla., jumped to 24 on Tuesday, up from 20 the day before.
Statewide numbers in Oklahoma reached 565, a 17.5 percent increase from the previous day.
Kansas reported 60 new cases on Tuesday for a 16-percent increase. Cowley County remained free of confirmed cases, according to the statewide figures, which now tally 428. Nine people have died from the disease.
Cowley County said it had tested 55 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, with 43 negative results and 12 tests pending. But it is surrounded by counties reporting illness, including Kay County (24), Sedgwick County (48), Butler County (3), Sumner County (1) and now Chautauqua County, which reported its first case on Monday.
“The Chautauqua County Health Department is conducting a disease investigation to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible,” a press release states. It added that no further information about the patient will be released in accordance to patient privacy laws.
The City-Cowley County Health Department again reminded the public that a short supply of materials means that state officials have established guidelines on how best to utilize the tests available.
“We are not sending anyone to Wichita or Ponca City specifically for testing,” the local health department said Tuesday in a reply to a comment on its Facebook page. ”If a patient is hospitalized in another location and tested, it would still count for the county they reside in.”
Another person who said she has worked in the healthcare field responded to critics who want more testing.
“Healthcare workers are working their butts off right now,” Ruth Young said. “Rather than assuming it’s not being done, let’s be thankful they are doing whatever they can to protect our community."
Kay County officials are not reporting how many people have been tested, nor are they sharing any specific information about the spread of the disease there. Kay County has one of the highest per capita rates of infection of any Oklahoma county reporting COVID-19 cases.
Kansas overall has completed 5,242 tests, with a 8.6-percent positive rate.
The following is a county-by-county breakdown of recorded virus cases in Kansas as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.
* includes presumptive positive cases not in the official state total