MANDATORY QUARANTINE RECOMMENDED!!

By William

MCPHERSON – On Tuesday morning, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recommending a voluntary 14-day self-quarantine for those Kansans who traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend and did not use protective measures, such as social distancing and face masks.

Over the holiday weekend, large crowds were reported at the Lake of the Ozarks with no protective practices being followed.

“The reckless behavior displayed during this weekend risks setting our community back substantially for the progress we’ve already made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” stated Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary. “If you traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend, we urge you to act responsibly and self-quartantine to protect your neighbors, co-workers and family.”

While the Lake of the Ozarks is not currently on the mandated travel list, the KDHE urges those who traveled over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return to Kansas.

A list of states on the mandated travel advisory is available at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.

Currently still in place is the following recommendation by the McPherson County Health Department:

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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