33 TOTAL CONFIRMED CASES, CLUSTER GROUP NOW KNOWN!!

By William

MCPHERSON – On Saturday morning, the McPherson Health Department released a notice that three new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been identified in McPherson County.

This brings the total number of cases in McPherson County to 33, with six of those being identified within the past week.

At this point of time, the McPherson Health Department does note that 25 of the total confirmed cases have now met the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

According to the newest report, the three newest cases are:

  • The first newest positive confirmed case is a male who is in his 30’s, is currently recovering at home and with known exposure to another positive case.
  • The second newest positive confirmed case is also a male who is in his 30’s and is currently recovering at home while also having a known exposure to another positive case.
  • The third newest positive confirmed case is a male in his 30’s and is currently recovering at home while having a known exposure to another positive case.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – Two of the newest positive confirmed cases, along with one of the more recent positive confirmed cases from June 1 and June 3rd (a TOTAL OF 4 CASES), are all now related to a cluster at a private company within McPherson County.

Facility-wide testing is taking place to identify any asymptomatic carriers.

This private company does not have any general public access – therefore, the location will not be released.

Staff at this company have been contacted and are aware of the situation.

As the McPherson Health Department notes: LET THIS SERVE AS A REMINDER that COVID-19 is still present in our communities, so please stay home if you are ill and maintain your distance when you are around others.

REMINDER – Symptoms for COVID-19 will normally appear 2-14 days after exposure and will most likely include fever, cough, shortness of breath, malaise, a sore throat, chills, and diarrhea.

Be sure to contact your health care provider and you must stay home for at least 10 days after symptoms started or for 72 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of fever reducing medications) and with a significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer.

REMINDER # 2 – If you develop symptoms that may indicate COVID-19, please call your health care provider. If you do not have a provider, please call your local hospital or the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or email them at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us.

REMINDER # 3 – Both the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas folks if you have done any of the following:

  • On or after March 15: have traveled to or from New York.
  • On or after March 15: have traveled to or from any destination internationally.
  • On or after March 15: have traveled or been on a cruise ship or river cruise.
  • On or after March 23: have traveled to or from Illinois or New Jersey.
  • On or after April 6: have traveled to or from Connecticut.
  • On or after April 30: have traveled to or from Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
  • On or after May 12: have traveled to or from Maryland.

REMINDER UPDATE:

  • We are now in Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas. The McPherson County Health Department has updated local recommendations to reflect the phase. The documents can be found at mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page under ‘COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.’

REMINDER UPDATE # 2:

McPherson County Residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Following Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas and the McPherson County (see mcphersoncounty.us).
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoiding gatherings in groups with greater than 15 people.
  • 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.

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