By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department {MCHD} is still reporting 14 total confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease {COVID – 19} within McPherson County.

They also confirm that McPherson County now has 8 positive cases who have met recovery guidelines set forth by the Department of Health and Environment {KDHE}.

Also confirmed is that within McPherson County there are 2 hospitalized confirmed positive cases at this time.

No additional information will be released about these patients at this time.

As per the CDC, KDHE, and Governor Laura Kelly recommendations, the MCHD is also recommending residents of McPherson County to wear a cloth covering when outside of their home. Homemade facemasks, if used correctly, are simply another tool to help people who may have the virus but don’t know it from transmitting it to others.

They are NOT meant to replace proven public health strategies like social distancing, staying home, and practicing good hygiene – which are all still the best ways to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas if you have done any of the following:

  • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with know widespread community transmission:
  • > On or after March 15 to California, Florida, New York or Washington.
  • > On or after March 23 to Illinois or New Jersey.
  • > On or after March 27 to Louisiana or Colorado.
  • > On or after April 6 to Connecticut.
  • > On or after March 15 to Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison County in Colorado.
  • > On or after March 15 – traveled internationally.
  • > On or after March 15 – traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.

Please depend on health authorities to provide the most accurate information for McPherson County.

If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, or cough – please call your health care provider. If you do not have a primary health care provider, please call your local hospital.

REMEMBERMcPherson County is still at high risk for community spread. This is not the time to come out of quarantine in search of getting back to ‘normal.’ COVID-19 will likely continue to raise its ugly head in our communities and McPherson County residents are encouraged to help the community and our health care system flatten the curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus. They can do this by:

          Following the Stay-At-Home Order.

          Covering all facial areas when coughing or sneezing.

          Washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and water.

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