COVID-19 positive cases reported in Marshall County remained steady at 42 on Monday.

There were seven county residents hospitalized here or in other cities, according to Sue Rhodes, Marshall County Health Department director. Fourteen tests were pending at her office.

Rhodes said she expected more cases from holiday gatherings.

“We just had Christmas and I expected a spike after Christmas. Sometimes that’s precious time spent together,” she said.

After Jan. 1, Rhodes said, the health department will begin posting a different weekly report on the department’s Facebook page.

Kansas state statistics will no longer be posted on it. Instead she will include a running tally of local statistics on one side of the report and the latest, seven-day local report on the other side.

Rhodes said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has not changed its quarantine period as the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did early this week. The CDC set a new quarantine at five days for those who test positive, which is half of the previous 10-day quarantine period. KDHE is remaining with the 10 days for now, Rhodes said.

Community Memorial Healthcare reported five patients in the Marysville hospital with COVID-19 on Tuesday. None was vaccinated.

Health officials continue to report that people who are vaccinated and get COVID-19 see fewer severe symptoms and far fewer hospitalizations than the unvaccinated.

The health department continues to give COVID-19 vaccines each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. People can call there, 785-562-3485, for testing also. CMH also provides a daily time period for testing. People can call 785-562-3942 to schedule an appointment.

The Walmart pharmacy in Marysville also provides vaccine shots daily. People can go to walmart.com/covid to schedule an appointment, or walk-ins are welcome.