By William

MCPHERSON – Late Monday afternoon, the McPherson County Health Department released their latest report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County.

They still are emphasizing the recommendation that McPherson County continues to remain in Phase 3 until at least August 17, 2020 from the previous recommendation of July 20.

The new four-week time-period is two incubation periods and will allow communities and businesses to better plan for the future.

As always, the McPherson Health Department team, lead by Shalei Shea, will continue to collect data and assess the situation in McPherson County.

These recommendation could be shortened or extended based on our local standing and continues to encourage McPherson County residents to continue wearing masks when distancing can’t be maintained, stay home when you are ill, and keep gatherings to 45 or less people when possible.

The County continues to have an upswing in cases in recent weeks and the report put out Monday afternoon includes three new cases, giving McPherson County a total of 112 overall positive cases to date with those cases considered having met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment now stands at 98.

That leaves the total number of current active positive cases within McPherson County at 14, including the three newest cases. The McPherson Health Department also notes that the one new case that was hospitalized has already gone home to finish their recovery process. The local area still has not recorded a death at this point.

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


  • First newest case (#110 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 50’s with an unknown exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • Second newest case (#111 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with a known exposure and she is now recovering at home.
  • The third newest case (#112 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 20’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 incredibly important for people to continue reading, processing, and acknowledging the situation and severity of the coronavirus.


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 state of Arizona.
  • > > On or after June 29 to the state of Florida.
  • > > Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
  • > > Traveled internationally to Bahrain or French Guiana on or after July 14.
  • > > Traveled internationally on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
  • International travelers must follow the CDC guidance and protocols.


  • 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 AUGUST 17TH,2020. This is based on the current investigations, increases in positive cases over the past 14 days, and the recommendation from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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