By William

MCPHERSON – In a Thursday morning press release, the McPherson County Health Department now reports a total of 22 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease {COVID-19} in McPherson County.

Total number of confirmed cases that have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has risen to 16.

Three of the total confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

Of the 2 new positive cases:

  • One newly identified positive case is a female in her 50’s with unknown exposure. This person is recovering at home.
  • The second newly identified positive case is also a female. She is in her 40’s and has a known exposure to the cluster facility. This person is also currently recovering at home.

Symptoms of COVID-19 appear two-to-fourteen days after exposure and can include a 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.

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

If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, PLEASE CALL your health care provider, if you do not have a health care provider, please call your local hospital or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email machd@mcphersoncountyks.us.

Guidance documents and recommendations regarding the reopening of McPherson County will be released after Governor Kelly’s address scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Please look for a public release announcing these recommendations and continue to monitor the McPherson County Health Departments press releases for more information.

Both the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department 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 known widespread community transmission:
  • > > On or after March 15 to California, Florida, New York or Washington state.
  • > > 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.
  • > > Visited any of the following counties within the state of Colorado a week prior to or after March 15 – Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison Counties.
  • > > Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
  • > > Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

McPherson County residents are encouraged to help the community and our health care system flatten the curve and slow the spread of coronavirus by doing the following:

  • 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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