Health Fair

The annual Cowley County Health & Safety Fair was Saturday morning at the AgriBusiness Building in Arkansas City. City-Cowley County Health Department director Thomas Langer said turnout was not as high as in years past and attributed that to caution surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. Forty people provided saliva samples to see whether a virus variant had spread, but as of Monday morning, Langer said, no new cases had been reported. In April, 26 cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the county out of 457 tests. That does not include Winfield Correctional Facility. Total cases reached 3,947, five more than Friday. Langer said 39.5 percent of the county had been tested for COVID in the past 13 months, with 11.44 percent of the population becoming infected. An estimated 42.3 percent of the eligible population has received at least once vaccine dose, he said.

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