FACTORS IDENTIFIED, PHASE 3 TO CONTINUE UNTIL JULY 6!!

By William

MCPHERSON – According to a report released late Wednesday afternoon by the McPherson County Health Department, the County has had another strong uptake in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the last week.

Six new positive cases have tested positive, bringing the total within the county to 55. Of those cases, 40 have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, including the previous one marked as a probable case.

REASONS FOR RISE IN CASES: An alarming amount of cases are asymptomatic, meaning they do not have any signs or symptoms.

A good portion of these new cases reported came from attending gatherings at local lakes, parties, or traveling sport tournaments while being contagious.

These have been events both inside and outside of McPherson County.

If you are notified of being a contact of someone who is positive for COVID-19, you MUST QUARANTINE at home for 14 days!!

If you are a contact, decide to be tested, and it comes back negative, you STILL HAVE TO FINISH YOUR 14-DAY period because you may become contagious anytime during the rest of the 14-day quarantine.

The McPherson County Health Department does not routinely recommend testing contacts unless symptoms arise or a high-risk individual is involved.

If you are being tested for COVID-19, you are considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) and the PUI MUST ISOLATE WHILE WAITING ON RESULTS! The PUI should isolate away from anyone in their household and if they are not able to isolate away from the household members by staying in their own room, the entire household must quarantine while awaiting results to reduce exposure.

NEWEST CASES: The McPherson County Health Department now reports 55 total confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within McPherson County. Of those cases, 40 have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, including the previous one marked as a probable case.

The Newest Cases are:

  • First new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 50’s with unknown exposure and is now recovering at home.
  • Second new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 80’s with unknown exposure and is now recovering at home.
  • Third new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 60’s with unknown exposure and is now recovering at home.
  • Fourth new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 40’s with known exposure and is now recovering at home.
  • Fifth new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 20’s with known exposure and is now recovering at home.
  • Sixth new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 50’s with known exposure and is now recovering at home.

PHASE UPDATE: Currently we are in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas and updated documents can be found on www.mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page under ‘COVID-19: Reopening of McPherson County.’

The McPherson County Health Department RECOMMENDS McPherson County REMAINS IN PHASE 3 UNTIL AT LEAST JULY 6TH, 2020!

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.

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.

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.

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