COVID positive tests keep rising in EJC

The Examiner staff

As of Sunday afternoon, there were 2,642 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Eastern Jackson County, up more than 400 from last week’s total, according to the Jackson County Health Department.

The case total includes 55 deaths (eight in the past week), 204 hospitalizations (up 29 from last week, including 79 requiring intensive care), or less than eight percent of cases. There have also been 769 presumed recoveries, up 99 from last week.

From nearly 40,500 people tested, 6.52 percent have come back positive, but the rolling 14-day percentage had risen in recent weeks to nearly 12.7 percent as of Monday, up about five percentage points in two weeks.

The Health Department, which covers the county outside of Kansas City, is monitoring eight active outbreaks at nursing homes and other facilities, which have accounted for 223 cases and 15 deaths. The two largest ongoing outbreaks listed are at Manor Care Center (75 cases, no increase last week) and The Groves (51 cases) in Independence. Officials at the Groves have reported a total of 57 positive cases among residents and staff, with at least 36 recoveries.

The Health Department considers an outbreak concluded after two incubation periods (28 days) since the first date of the last confirmed case. A previous outbreak at Lee’s Summit Pointe and Rehabilitation rose as high as 59 cases.

The highest ZIP Code case totals in The Examiner coverage area, according to the Health Department:

• 64055 (southern Independence); 298 cases, or 877 per 100,000 residents

• 64050 (northern Independence and Sugar Creek); 196 cases, or 878 per 100,000 residents

• 64052 (southwest Independence); 182 cases, or 905 per 100,000 residents

• 64081 (southern and western Lee’s Summit); 190 cases, or 784 per 100,000 residents

• 64014 (eastern Blue Springs); 139 cases, or 559 per 100,000 residents

• 64015 (western Blue Springs); 167 cases, or 532 per 100,000 residents

The Manor and Groves outbreaks account for part of the high totals in 64055 and 64050, and Pointe and Rehab accounts for part of the 64081 total.

The Kansas City Health Department reported, as of Friday, 3,176 cases, including 44 deaths and 180 required hospitalizations, up about 300 cases and 10 deaths from the previous week. Metrowide, as of Sunday afternoon, there were 17,262 cases and 319 deaths, according to a database maintained by the Mid-America Regional Council.