A RECENT CASE IDENTIFIED AS BEING IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY!

By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department, as of Wednesday, June 17, is now reporting 40 total confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the McPherson County area and reports one other case identified as probable by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

This gives McPherson County a total of 41 cases! Of these cases, 30 of the total confirmed cases have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

NEWEST CASE: The most recent positive case is identified as a male in his 20’s and his currently isolating at home with unknown exposure. Nothing further about the subject will be released at this time.

MORE INFORMATION ON PREVIOUS CASE: Regarding the case identified on June 15, the subject is related to a long-term care facility. McPherson County is working with this facility to complete facility-wide testing, where they plan to complete over 350 specimen collections.

At this time, no one in this facility is symptomatic and all families and staff have been notified and are cooperating with the testing strategy.

REMINDER # 1: As the McPherson County Health Department wants to remind everyone – 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 # 2: 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 # 3: 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 # 4:  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 3 of REOPENING KANSAS!

The McPherson County Health Department has updated local recommendations to reflect the phase. The documents can be found at www.mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page, under “COVID-19: REOPENING MCPHERSON COUNTY”.

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

  • Following Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County (as found at mcphersoncountyks.us).
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than 45-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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