The Ellis County Health Department on Wednesday reported the average number of new coronavirus cases per day in the last seven days remained flat from Monday at two.
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It was the 14th consecutive day the per-day virus rate was below five, the metric selected by the Hays City Commission when approving the citywide mask mandate.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also identified an additional coronavirus-related death, bringing the total to 73.
There were just three new cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County since Monday. There are currently 17 active cases, including three active hospitalizations of Ellis County residents, and 3,681 recovered cases.
As of Wednesday, there were seven COVID-19 inpatients at HaysMed, down from 10 on Tuesday, with one of those active patients and six in the recovery phase.
The seven-day average of percent of positive tests fell nearly a percentage point since Monday to 2.8 percent.
Since reporting began, there have been 3,698 cases of COVID-19 identified in Ellis County.
Of the total 25,411 tests administered, 13.5 percent have returned positive for coronavirus.
NOTE: "New cases" reflects cases reported by the Ellis County Health Department between regular reporting periods of Monday, Wednesday and Friday. "Total cases" reflects all cases reported by the department. Because of delayed test results, total cases might include cases prior to the previous reporting period, so KDHE figures might not necessarily correspond.