There have been 10 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Saline County since our last update on March 26, which brings the total number of positive cases for Saline County to 6,061.
Health officials said there has been a delay in genetic sequencing for variants of concern, so no update on those numbers was provided on Wednesday.
Carroll Hospital had 27 patients positive for COVID-19 through March 27, according to the Carroll County Health Department, continuing a steady rise.
However, at least eight people with breakthrough cases have been hospitalized.
AstraZeneca doses were initially meant to go to frontline workers, leaving the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech supplies for the province's age-based immunization schedule, but those plans were put on hold over concerns about rare cases of blood clotting in people below the age of 55 who received the AstraZeneca vaccine.
People 73 and older can book their appointments as of Wednesday, but in a couple of weeks, the province says people 65 and older will be eligible.
The Jackson County Health Department has reported 747 cases of COVID-19 since March 18, most of those cases coming from people living in the city and its surrounding townships.
At the University of Kansas, there is a 2.73% COVID-19 positivity rate among faculty, staff and students for the most recent seven-day period for which data is available.
As we head into Easter weekend, Henry and Dix say that expanded visitation in all long-term care facilities will get underway throughout the province.
"Right now, no one should be travelling for leisure or vacation outside of your local communities or regions".
For COVID-19 testing in Jackson County, residents can contact the Henry Ford COVID-19 patient hotline at 517-205-6100, or the Center for Family Health hotline at 517-748-5363. "The risk for all of us is too great, which means any of our usual travel and holiday weekend gatherings need to be put on hold this year".
"Second, the more people who receive a vaccine, the safer we all are, which is why we are working around the clock to get vaccines into arms as quickly as possible".
The announcement comes one day after British Columbia health officials paused the use of AstraZeneca vaccines in people under the age of 55 in response to European reports of rare but potentially fatal blood clots.