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The Miami County Health Department (MCHD) is investigating two COVID-19 clusters that have contributed to an uptick in cases over the past week.

Christena Beer, the county’s disease investigator, told the County Commission Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, that Miami County had 40 active COVID-19 cases, 23 of which came in over the weekend.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, MCHD had upped the total to 54 active cases. The report also noted three new hospitalizations have occurred since last Wednesday, Aug. 26, when the county had 16 active cases.

The health department reported Thursday that it was investigating two active clusters/outbreaks — one at a faith-based organization and one at a business. The department did not identify either cluster but said a drive-through testing event was set up Thursday at one of the locations to make testing available to individuals who might have been exposed.

MCHD reported Thursday the county has had 242 total cases, with 188 recovered and 54 active.

Of the active cases by address, Paola and Louisburg each have 21, followed by Osawatomie, 7; Spring Hill, 4; and Bucyrus, 1.

MCHD reported Thursday that 3,744 people have been tested in the county.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) reported Monday, Sept. 7, the state has recorded 46,914 cases, with 2,441 hospitalizations and 485 deaths. KDHE reports the state has logged 389,772 negative tests.

Johnson County has the most cases at 9,047, followed by Sedgwick, 7,714; Wyandotte, 6,359; Ford, 2,423; Shawnee, 2,387; Finney, 1,827; Leavenworth, 1,781, and Douglas, 1,600.

COVID-19 cases have topped 27.3 million worldwide as of noon Tuesday, Sept. 8, which have resulted in more than 897,000 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. The United States has recorded more than 6.3 million cases and over 189,000 deaths, according to CSSE.

News Editor Doug Carder can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or doug.carder@miconews.com.

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