Ellis County Health Administrator Jason Kennedy reported Monday that there are three new cases of COVID-19 in the county.


"The positive cases are symptomatic and in isolation," Kennedy said in a press release. "ECHD is currently investigating the cases."


The health department is following state guidelines to identify any close contacts of the new positive cases. Contacts must self-quarantine for 14 days.


Two previous cases in the county have recovered since the last press release on Friday, Kennedy said.


The new cases bring to seven the total number of active cases in the county. There are now 23 recovered cases, and 30 total cases, which counts active, recovered and probable, the latter of which are from data compiled by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.


KDHE reported Monday that the state has had 16,901 cases from 98 counties, with 1,235 hospitalizations and 280 deaths. There have been 185,318 negative tests.


There have been 235 clusters in the state, and 118 of those are still active. The clusters account for 6,610 of the cases and 210 of the deaths.


The age range is 0 years to 103 years, with the median being 38 years.


Elsewhere in the area around Ellis County, KDHE reported that Russell County continues to hold at zero cases, Osborne has had 3, Rooks County has had 8, Trego County has had 1, and Rush County has had 1.


In northwest Kansas, Phillips County Health Department on July 3 identified another 18 positive Covid-19 individuals related to a cluster at the Logan Manor, Logan Kansas.


Eight of those cases are staff members and 10 are additional residents, for a total of 17 residents.


Graham County on Monday confirmed it’s second case, unrelated to an earlier case.


Graham County Health Department said July 1 that health officials were working to identify cases of COVID-19 related to attendance at a Ray Gerver dance in Hill City on Saturday, June 20 at Cowboy Junction. At the time there were no known Graham County cases related to the event, but at least 1 Rooks County case and 2 Sheridan County cases that reported, through contact tracing, attending this dance and then developed symptoms in the week following the event.


The Ellis County Commissioners opted out of Gov. Laura Kelly’s order requiring face masks in public places where social distancing is not possible.


But Kennedy has said residents and visitors of Ellis County need to remain diligent in social distancing as well as basic precautions like washing hands, covering coughs and staying home when ill.


"ECHD encourages all Ellis County Residents to avoid gatherings and wear a mask if you cannot distance yourself," according to the ECHD press release. "If you become symptomatic please contact your local physician. Continue to follow and understand guidance provided by the CDC, KDHE and ECHD. Make the individual choice to protect yourself and others around you."