NEW #’S SHOW 96 POSITIVES OVERALL with 14 STILL CONSIDERED ACTIVE

By William

MCPHERSON – Late Sunday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released their latest report and it shows several new positive cases within McPherson County of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The County continues to have an upswing in cases in recent weeks and the report late Sunday does add four new cases to the list, giving McPherson County a total of 96 overall positive cases to date with 82 of those now being considered 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 at 14, including the newest four cases. 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:

  • First new positive case (#93 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 80’s with an unknown exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • Second new positive case (#94 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • The third new positive case (#95 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 30’s with an unknown exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • The fourth new positive case (#96 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 50’s with a known exposure and he 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.

THE CHALLENGE AHEAD: 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.

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 NOTIFIED BY THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT: 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.

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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