Marysville’s COVID-19 infections continued to climb locally with three active cases Monday and four pending tests, the Marshall County Health Department reported.

Marshall County has had 20 cases in total, with 17 people listed as recovered, the report said.

Age groups in the total ranged from the youngest, with one case between the of ages 10 and 17, to the eldest category, with two cases among ages 65 and older.

Most cases have been in the 35- to 44-year-old category, which had seven so far.

In Kansas, there have been 53,959 positive cases so far with 600 deaths, several of them reported in recent days. Gov. Laura Kelly expressed frustration early this week with the state’s rising death toll, noting August was the deadliest so far for COVID-19 cases and the pace had continued in September.

Kelly, a Democrat, said spread could be addressed with a statewide mask mandate, as other states have done, but the Republican-led Legislature had limited her authority to require masks. Republican Senate and House leaders say mask decisions should be left to each county. Marshall County commissioners did not mandate masks.

Cases continued to grow in the region. Nemaha County reported 22 active cases, including one hospitalized, as of Tuesday. Schools in the county have been affected (see related story).

Washington County reported one active case Monday. Riley County Health Department reported 67 new positive cases Monday and 51 recoveries since Friday’s report.

Pottawatomie County Health Department reported 32 active cases Monday.

Nebraska’s Department of Public Health reported Gage County had 66 active cases in the past 14 days and Lancaster County, which includes Lincoln, had 1,312 positives in the same period.