89 TOTAL, with 79 CONSIDERED RECOVERED – NO DEATHS!!

By William

MCPHERSON – Thursday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released their latest report regarding the number of cases and recoveries within the county that have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

While the County has had a tremendous upswing in recent weeks, Thursday’s report adds one new case to the list, giving McPherson County a total of 89 cases overall to date of which 79 of the previously reported cases now reported as having met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

That leaves the total of current active positive cases within McPherson County to 10, including the newest case. The McPherson Health Department also notes that they have zero current cases hospitalized and they have no deaths reported at this point.

The McPherson County Health Department has pointed out that many of the newer cases are considered asymptomatic which means they do not have any signs or symptoms but are still contagious.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • Newest (#89 overall) confirmed positive case is a symptomatic female in her teens with an unknown exposure and she is now recovering at home.

(Editor’s Note) While some of the following information may seem repetitious, it is still highly important for people to continue reading, processing and acknowledging the situation and severity of the coronavirus.

UPDATE ON PHASE 3 & GOVERNOR’S MANDATE:

  • PHASE 3 – We are in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas. Updated documents can be found on mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page, under “COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.”
  • > The McPherson County Health Department RECOMMENDS that McPherson County REMAINS IN PHASE 3 at least until JULY 20TH, 2020. This is based from the current investigations, increases in positive cases over the past 14 days, and the recommendation from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
  • GOVERNOR’S MANDATE – On July 2nd, 2020, the McPherson County Board of health {The County Commissioners} passed a resolution to opt out of Governor Kelly’s Executive Order!
  • > The McPherson County Board of Health still RECOMMENDS that all McPherson County Communities still follow the RECOMMENDATIONS from the McPherson County Health Department and the McPherson County Health Officer which includes WEARING FACE MASKS while in public when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Mask wearing CAN & WILL significantly decrease the amount of COVID-19 spread in our communities, both from asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals.

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 June 17 to the states of Alabama, Arizona, or Arkansas.
  • > On or After June 29 to the states of South Carolina, Florida.
  • > 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.

{This McPherson County COVID-19 Update is SPONSORED by CrossDove Writers}

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