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COVID lessens but hits Tabor chief

Staff writer

Tabor College president David Janzen tested positive Saturday for COVID-19.

Two lectures and an assortment of on-campus activities scheduled this week have been canceled and will be rescheduled later.

Janzen’s symptoms are mild and he is expected to make a full recovery, Tabor spokesman Adam Suderman said. He had been fully vaccinated.

New cases of COVID-19 in Marion County this week declined to their lowest weekly level in 10 weeks.

Cases still are slightly above last-year’s levels, but the gap appears to be narrowing.

In the most recent breakdown by age, Marion County was seeing a boost in new cases among ages 5 to 13, 45 to 54, 65 to 74, and 85 and older.

New cases were flat for 18 to 24 and 55 to 64 age groups and declined in all others.

Hospital capacity continued to be stretched by cases of the virus. South central Kansas hospitals reported 51 intensive care unit beds out of 394 devoted to COVID-19 patients. Only of 31% intensive care beds are available.

The county health department reported 61 active cases, 27 deaths, and four hospitalizations.

The number of deaths from COVID in Marion County has risen to 30 — 10 women and 20 men.

To date there are 1,617 cases of the virus in Marion County, meaning one out of every 7.3 people have tested positive for the virus.

Among samples tested for COVID variants, Marion has nine alpha, nine delta, and 12 of the original strain.

Staff writer Phyllis Zorn contributed to this report

Last modified Oct. 28, 2021