Kansas reports fewer than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for first time since September

Titus Wu
Topeka Capital-Journal
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas, right, tours a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Topeka and talks with people waiting to get their doses on Feb. 22, 2021.

Between Friday and Monday, Kansas reported just 888 new COVID-19 cases, the first time in a long while that the number dipped below 1,000 over a two-day or three-day reporting period.

According to data from the state health department, the last time that number was below 1,000 was roughly around August to September of last year.

Kansas also saw 29 new deaths and 32 hospitalizations since Friday. In total, there have been more than 290,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 4,600 deaths in the state.

This comes as the United States neared 500,000 deaths from COVID-19, while extreme cold weather across multiple states has derailed vaccine deployment. Cold weather last week had canceled clinic appointments across the state and delayed shipments of doses to Kansas.

Meanwhile, Kansas began this week to implement technical fixes to data reporting of vaccines administered, which state officials have blamed for why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Kansas near the bottom for vaccine administration rates.

As of Monday morning, Kansas is now ranked 45th in doses administered per capita, up from 49th. The state has given 17,668 doses per 100,000 people, according to the CDC.