CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASES UP TO 27!!

By William

MCPHERSON – On Wednesday, May 20th, the McPherson County Health Department noted that they now have 22 total confirmed cases that have met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

GOOD NEWS is that only one confirmed case is reported as still remaining hospitalized.

BAD NEWS is that the McPherson County Health Department also reported that they now have 27 total confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 in McPherson County.

The latest identified positive case is listed as a female in her 20’s with unknown exposure and she is recovering at home, though she has been residing out of state. The young lady was assigned to the McPherson County Health Department because her permanent address was local here in McPherson County. She does not have any general public contact in McPherson County.

Both the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas residents if they have done any of the following:

  • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with known widespread community transmissions:
  • > > On or after March 15 to New York state.
  • > > On or after March 23 to the states of Illinois and/or New Jersey.
  • > > On or after April 6 to the state of Connecticut.
  • > > On or after April 30 to the states of Massachusetts and/or Rhode Island.
  • > > On or after May 12 to the state of Maryland.
  • > > Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
  • > > Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

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.

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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