COUNTY NOW HAS 21 ACTIVE POSITIVE CASES!

By William

MCPHERSON – With their Friday afternoon media release, the McPherson County Health Department notes that they are reporting another seven positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

This brings the total number of positive cases within McPherson County to 62, with 41 of the total confirmed positive cases now having met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

These means that as of Friday afternoon, McPherson County currently has 21 total active cases.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • One new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 30’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • A second new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 40’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • A third new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 60’s with a known exposure and he is now recovering at home.
  • A fourth new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • A fifth new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 20’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • A sixth new positive case is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with an unknown exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • A seventh new positive case is a symptomatic male in his 20’s with an unknown exposure and he is now recovering at home.

POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THE RISE IN CASES: With this tremendous uptake of cases in the past week, an alarming amount of the cases are asymptomatic – meaning they do not have any signs or symptoms but are still contagious.

A portion of these positive cases reported are coming from those who have attended gatherings at local lakes, parties, or traveling sports tournaments while being contagious.

All these events are both inside and outside of McPherson County.

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

This means that a negative test will not return an exposed person to work/sports/daycare/etc. any sooner than 14 days!

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

The McPherson County Health Department DOES NOT ROUTINELY recommend testing contacts unless symptoms arise, or a high-risk individual is involved. People who have not had direct exposure to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine and are not excluded from work/sports/daycare/etc.

If you are being tested for COVID-19, you are considered a PERSON UNDER INVESTIGATION (PUI). Any PUI MUST ISOLATE WHILE WAITING ON THEIR TEST 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 the results to reduce exposure.

If a person in quarantine does not develop any COVID-19 symptoms, then they are released from quarantine at the end of the 14 days.

If symptoms do develop during those 14 days, the person is to contact their primary provider for further evaluation and/or testing. People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may be released from isolation at the direction of the McPherson County Health Department when it has been 10 days since the onset of symptoms AND 72 hours since symptoms have resolved.

This symptom-based method of returning people to work is preferred to a testing-based method of returning people to work because tests can remain positive long after the virus is no longer active.

These are challenging days for groups and businesses as they are responsible for providing a safe environment for their employees and participants. They are severely affected when their employees and participants are excluded due to exposure.

Much of this exposure is occurring outside of work.

The best way to keep a business open and functional and keep our social interactions available is to maintain a 6-foot physical distance between people and WEAR A MASK WHEN IN PUBLIC when physical distancing may be difficult to maintain.

PHASE 3: We are currently in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas. Updated documents can be found at www.mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page under ‘COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.’

McPherson County Health Department is recommending that McPherson County remains in Phase 3 at least until July 6th, 2020.

This decision is based off the current facility investigations, increases in positive cases over the last 14 days, and the recommendations 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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