19 CURRENT ACTIVE CASES

By William

MCPHERSON – Monday afternoon, the McPherson County Health Department released their latest report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County. The report included a listing of seven new positive cases of the disease within McPherson County over the weekend.

They also released their comments regarding evaluation of the upcoming school year and what the latest positive test rate percentage has changed from 13.11% down to 12.85% due to more negative testing reports being received by the McPherson County Health Department from that time period of July 27 to August 9.

We also are reminded to remember the updates of the traveling quarantines and the extension of Phase 3 until September 14, 2020.

CASE TESTING POSITIVE since FRIDAY:

The McPherson County Health Department notes that seven new cases have been identified with five of those identified on Saturday and two on Sunday. Several of these are identified as being related to others.

With the three new cases, McPherson County now has a total of 176 overall positive cases to date with those cases considered having met recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment now standing at 156.

That leaves the total number of current active positive cases within McPherson County at 19, including the seven newest cases.

At this time, the McPherson County Health Department reports that no individuals are currently hospitalized, and we still have only recorded one death.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • The new case on Tuesday (#176 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with a known exposure. The subject is currently recovering at home.

REGARDING & EVALUATING THE SCHOOL YEAR:

The McPherson County Health Department is working closely with key partners to evaluate the upcoming school year.

It is the goal of the McPherson County Health Department to continue to keep the community informed.

The percentage of positive cases out of how many McPherson County Residents were tested during a 14-day period will facilitate the McPherson County Health Department Recommendations.

Criteria that will influence the recommendation to move schools to more or less restrictive measures can be found on the www.mcphersoncountyks.us at the home page under “COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.”

Date that is currently available includes:

  • June 29 to July 12 = a 5.47% positive rate.
  • July 13 to July 26 = a 11.49% positive rate.
  • July 27 to August 9 = a 12.85% positive rate.

(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.

UPDATE ON PHASE 3 & GOVERNOR’S MANDATE:

  • PHASE 3 – McPherson County is in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas. Updated documents can be found on http://www.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 SEPTEMBER 14th, 2020. This decision extends PHASE 3 again by two incubation periods and is based off the number of positive cases with unknown exposure and the continuous increase in new 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.
  • The McPherson County Health Department will continue to evaluate the threat COVID-19 poses to our communities.

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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