5 0F 7 NEW CASES HAVE TIES TO LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY!

By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department released information Monday morning that showed a decisive increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within McPherson County.

As of the Monday morning media release, the McPherson County Health Department now shows 49 total confirmed cases of COVID-19. That is an increase of seven since their report on Friday.

The McPherson County Health Department does report that 39 of the total confirmed cases as having met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and that also includes the previously listed probable case.

NEWEST CASES INCLUDE:

  • An asymptomatic male in their 60’s with exposure at a long-term care facility.
  • An asymptomatic female in her teens with exposure at a long-term care facility.
  • An asymptomatic female in her 90’s with exposure at a long-term care facility.
  • An asymptomatic female in her 90’s with exposure at a long-term care facility.
  • An asymptomatic male in his 50’s with exposure at a long-term care facility.
  • An asymptomatic female in her 20’s with known exposure to another positive case in her household.
  • An asymptomatic female in her 20’s with known exposure to another positive case in her household.

TRAVEL QUARANTINES:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the McPherson County Health Department have updated their listing of required quarantine after traveling out of state.

They continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for anyone in Kansas if you have done any of the following:

  • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with a known widespread community transmission:
  • > On or After May 12 to the state of Maryland.
  • > On or After June 17 to the states of Alabama, Arizona, or Arkansas.
  • > Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
  • > Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise On or After March 15.

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 UPDATE: We are now in PHASE 3 of REOPENING KANSAS!

The McPherson County Health Department has updated local recommendations to reflect the phase. With a recommendation that McPherson County remains in Phase 3 until June 29, 2020.

The team will reevaluate the community standings and risk for spread later next week before recommending we move to Phase Out.

This decision is based off of the current facility investigation, increases in positive cases over the last 14 days, and the recommendation from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

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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