Ten people living at a nursing home in Kansas died after every resident there contracted COVID-19.
The Norton County Health Department confirmed Monday night that 62 residents and some staff at the Antbay home in Norton had tested positive for the corona virus novel.
Kansas sees an average of more than 700 new confirmed and potential corona virus cases a day, its largest number since the beginning of March. Over the past week, more than 19% of tests administered in Kansas have returned a positive result, an increase from the week prior. Norton County, where the facility is located, had the largest number of COVID-19 cases per 100,00 residents in any county in the US for the two weeks ending Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The local health department said that residents are quarantined in their rooms and that the house does not allow outside visitors. "We have so many unbelievable things, fantastic people in this community", said Dana Paxton, general manager of the community's newspaper, The Norton Telegram.
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The state also experienced the first staff member death due to COVID-19 at a state hospital last week.
According to a report from CBS News, the Norton County Health Department confirmed the diagnoses at the Andbe Home in Norton on Monday.
The Norton County Hospital tested residents and employees of the facility.
"Governor Kelly remains concerned about the rising rates of COVID-19 in rural Kansas communities, and strongly encourages counties to adopt her order mandating that residents wear protective masks whenever they are in public and unable to social distance".