By William

MCPHERSON – Late Saturday morning, the McPherson County Health Department issued an update on the coronavirus disease {COVID-19} within McPherson County.

ONE NEW CASE was reported, giving McPherson County a total of 26 confirmed cases of the coronavirus {COVID-19}.

The most recent identified positive case is a female under the age of 18. This individual is recovering at home and reported that they had a known exposure to another positive case. No further information will be released at this time.

GOOD NEWS – The number of total confirmed cases currently hospitalized has once again dropped by one as only one confirmed case is still hospitalized.

MORE GOOD NEWS – The McPherson County Health Department also reported that they continue to show 17 total confirmed cases of recovery that have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

ENCOURAGEMENT – McPherson County residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Following Phase 1 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County {see mcphersoncountyks.us}.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than ten persons.
  • Wearing cloth face coverings or homemade masks when in public.
  • Practicing cough etiquette and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

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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