COVID-19 Hot Spots Found in Kansas Counties, Missouri Remains Low

Week-over-week COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased with multiple Kansas counties have been identified to have high levels of risk. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Posted November 22, 2023

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. have shown an upward trajectory in recent weeks after months of trending downward or flat rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 16,239 new admissions for the week ending Nov. 11, up 8.6 percent from the previous week.

Almost all states show a “low” level of hospitalizations per 100,000 people, according to the CDC. However, the CDC has reported the counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 people, and some of the higher ticks are found in counties located in Kansas.

Note, that even smaller numbers of hospitalizations can lead to a higher hospitalization rate for small communities.

  • Harper County, Kansas (31.8)
  • Kingman County, Kansas (31.8)
  • Wichita County, Kansas (29.8)
  • Greeley County, Kansas (29.8)
  • Jewell County, Kansas (24.4)
  • Mitchell County, Kansas (24.4)
  • Osborne County, Kansas (24.4)
  • Wilson County, Kansas (23.5)
  • Leavenworth County, Kansas (23.1)
  • Wyandotte County, Kansas (23.1)
  • Barber County, Kansas (22.6)
  • Labette County, Kansas (21.5)
  • Neosho County, Kansas (21.5)
  • Allen County, Kansas (21.5)
  • Woodson County, Kansas (21.5)

Only two Missouri countries, Linn and Taney, were found to have a “medium” level with the rest of the state remaining at low levels.

The state of Montana had counties with the highest rates, each at 75.2 per 100,000 people.