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Positive COVID-19 tests keep rising in EJC

The Examiner staff

Five more deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Eastern Jackson County in the last week, and the percentage of people testing positive for it continues to rise.

As of Sunday morning, there had been 3,860 cases of COVID-19 in Eastern Jackson County, up nearly 500 from last week, according to the Jackson County Health Department.

The case total includes 64 deaths (up from 59 last week) and 267 total hospitalizations (92 requiring intensive care), or less than 7 percent of cases. There have also been 1,046 presumed recoveries, an increase of 115 from last week.

Of more than 49,300 people tested, 7.82 percent have come back positive (up from 7.35 last week), but the rolling 14-day percentage has risen in recent weeks to more than 17 percent as of Sunday.

The Health Department, which covers the county outside of Kansas City, is monitoring nine active outbreaks at nursing homes and other facilities, which have accounted for 296 cases and 16 deaths. The largest ongoing outbreak is at Life Care Center of Grandview (78 cases). An outbreak at Villages of Jackson Creek in Independence has 32 cases.

Outbreaks at Manor Care Center and The Groves in Independence have not risen for several weeks. 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); 403 cases, or 1,186 per 100,000 residents.

• 64052 (southwest Independence); 248 cases, or 1,233 per 100,000 residents.

• 64081 (southern and western Lee’s Summit); 249 cases, or 1,027 per 100,000 residents.

• 64050 (northern Independence and Sugar Creek); 247 cases, or 1,107 per 100,000 residents.

• 64015 (western Blue Springs); 283 cases, or 901 per 100,000 residents.

• 64014 (eastern Blue Springs); 195 cases, or 784 per 100,000 residents.

The Kansas City Health Department has reported 4,158 cases as of Friday, including 76 deaths and 224 required hospitalizations, up more than 457 cases and seven deaths from the previous week.

Metrowide, as of Sunday afternoon, there were 22,293 cases and 404 deaths, according a database maintained by the Mid-America Regional Council.

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