By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department now reports that they have 19 total confirmed positive cases of coronavirus disease {COVID-19} in the McPherson County area.

The two most recent identified positive cases are both female with one being in their 20’s and the other being in their 50’s. Both individuals are now recovering at home.

One of the two positive cases has been identified as an employee at the McPherson Dillon’s store located at 1320 N. Main Street. This individual attended work at Dillons on April 16, 17, 18, and 19. All four days the individual worked a shift running from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

If you were a customer at Dillons during the listed dates and times, then you may have been exposed to COVID-19!!

Symptoms for COVID-19 appear from two to fourteen days after exposure and will include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other rarer symptoms that may develop include malaise, sore throat, and diarrhea.

If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider and inform them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and now have symptoms.

You must stay home for at least seven days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after the fever is gone {without the use of fever-reducing medication} and with significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer.

At this point of time, the McPherson County Health Department still lists ten total confirmed cases that have met recovery guidelines as set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

One of the total confirmed cases is currently hospitalized. Nothing further about these cases will be released at this time.

REMEMBER – If you were at the McPherson Dillons during the specific dates noted in this press release, and develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 between two and fourteen days later, please call your local health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, then please call your local hospital or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email them at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us.


“We have received word from an associate at our McPherson store, who has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Sheila Lowrie, a Dillons Store spokeswoman. “We are supporting our associate with an emergency paid leave and share our best for a quick recovery. At the present time, we are working directly to support our store team and continuing to follow all sanitation and cleaning procedures as recommended by the CDC. We are also committed to following the guidance from local, state, and federal agencies, including the CDC and other health organizations.”

Dillons has implemented additional steps to support and safeguard their associates and customers. They are continuing to fully employ CDC recommended sanitation and additional physical distancing procedures to help prevent the spread of any illness possible and help to ensure the safety of all who enter the store.

Steps in action and completed at the McPherson Dillons include:

  • Completing a deep cleaning and sanitation of the store.
  • Mandating the use of masks or face coverings with our associates and temperature checks prior to the start of their shifts. This process will be put into place following a brief training with our leadership team to complete the practices safely and effectively.
  • Enhanced our daily sanitation practices, including increased frequency of cleaning commonly used areas such as cashier stations, self-checkouts, credit card terminals, food service counters, carts, and hand baskets.
  • Established hand-washing rotation for front-end associates to allow for an opportunity to wash hands and rehydrate. Hand sanitizer continues to be available and should be used in accordance to CDC guidelines.
  • Installed plexiglass partitions at check lanes, pharmacy and customer service locations to further limit close interpersonal contact between associates and customers during this time.
  • Added floor decals and signage to promote safe physical distancing.
  • Adopted limits to number of customers entering our stores at one time.
  • Reduced store operation hours to allow for associates to rest, clean, and stock the stores.
  • Additionally, designated hours for seniors and higher-risk customers have been implemented.

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.

McPherson County residents are encouraged to help the community and our health care system flatten the

curve and slow the spread of coronavirus.

They can do this by:

  • Following the Stay-At-Home Order.
  • Be sure and properly cover up all coughs and sneezes.
  • Be sure and wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Always wear cloth face coverings or homemade masks when in public.

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