ADJUSTMENT TO THE TRAVEL QUARANTINES

By William

MCPHERSON – Tuesday afternoon the McPherson County Health Department released a media report with a slight change in the current travel quarantines guidelines.

CURRENT TRAVEL QUARANTINES GUIDELINES:

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:

  • Attended or Traveled to a mass gathering event (out-of-state) of 500 people or more on or after August 11.
  • Traveled to:
  • > Florida between June 29 – August 11.
  • > Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.
  • > Traveled internationally on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, the European Schengen area, United Kingdom (Great Britain), the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
  • All international travelers must follow the CDC guidance and protocols.

CURRENT ACTIVE & TOTAL CASES:

As of Monday afternoon, the McPherson County Health Department noted that there have been 160 total overall positive cases of coronavirus and that 142 have met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, meaning we currently have 18 active cases, with one death and nobody in the hospital.

(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.

SPECIAL NOTE/REMINDER from the MCPHERSON HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

As McPherson County continues to have an uptake an uptake in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases they ask all to continue to remember the following notes and reminders.

The McPherson County Health Department wants to EMPHASIZE that if you are notified by them of being a contact someone who is positive for coronavirus, 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. sooner than 14 days.

If you are a contact, decide to be tested, and it comes back 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 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 coronavirus do not need to quarantine and are not excluded from work/sports/daycare/etc.

If you are being tested for coronavirus, you are considered a PERSON UNDER INVESTIGATION (PUI).

The PUI MUST ISOLATE while waiting on results.

The PUI should isolate from anyone in their household. 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.

If a person in quarantine does not develop any coronavirus 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 coronavirus may be released from isolation at the direction of the 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 still remain positive long after the virus is no longer active.

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 make their plans for the future.

As always, the McPherson Health Department team, led 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.

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 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 Board of Health (County Commissioners) passed a resolution to opt out of Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 on July 2nd, 2020.

McPherson County Board of Health recommends the McPherson County communities still follow the recommendations from McPherson County Health Department and McPherson County Health Officer, which includes wearing face masks while in public when 6-foot of distance cannot be maintained

between individuals. Mask wearing can and 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.

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