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More virus cases locally, but rate declines

The Examiner staff

For the first time in several weeks, the rolling 14-day positive test percentage for COVID-19 cases in Eastern Jackson County has dropped – from more than 17 percent as of Aug. 9 to 15.9 percent as of Monday morning, according to the Jackson County Health Department.

The Health Department, which covers the county outside of Kansas City, has confirmed 700 new cases of COVID-19 in the last week, for a total of 4,592 cases since the pandemic began.

The 14-day percentage was at 7.1 percent in early July and had continued to rise until last week. Of more than 54,500 people tested through the pandemic, 8.4 percent have come back positive, up from 7.8 percent last week.

The case total in Eastern Jackson County also includes two deaths last week, for a total of 66 deaths during the pandemic.

The Health Department is monitoring nine active outbreaks at nursing homes and other facilities, which have accounted for 193 cases. The largest is at Life Care Center of Grandview, with 82 cases. An outbreak in Independence, Villages of Jackson Creek, has 47 cases.

Previous outbreaks at Summit Pointe & Rehabilitation in Lee’s Summit, Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs and Oak Grove Nursing & Rehab have all ended. The Health Department considers an outbreak concluded after two incubation periods (28 days) since the first date of the last confirmed case.

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

• 64055 (southern Independence); 458 cases, or 1,348 per 100,000 residents

• 64052 (southwest Independence); 276 cases, or 1,373 per 100,000 residents

• 64050 (northern Independence and Sugar Creek); 283 cases, or 1,268 per 100,000 residents

• 64081 (southern and western Lee’s Summit); 277 cases, or 1,143 per 100,000 residents

• 64015 (western Blue Springs); 394 cases, or 1,111 per 100,000 residents

• 64014 (eastern Blue Springs); 246 cases, or 989 per 100,000 residents

The Kansas City Health Department has reported, as of last Thursday, 4,911 cases, including 82 deaths and 245 required hospitalizations, up more than 700 cases and six deaths from the previous week. Metrowide, as of Sunday afternoon, there were 25,225 cases and 431 deaths, according to a database maintained by the Mid-America Regional Council.