PLUS UPDATED OVERALL CASE DATA

By William

MCPHERSON – Friday 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 one new positive case and an update on overall case data.

The McPherson County Health Department is also still investigating a possible exposure at the Ol’ Stuga at 119 S. Main Street in Lindsborg.

If you were at the Ol’ Stuga on Thursday, August 13th or Saturday, August 15th, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., you may have been exposed to the Coronavirus and will require a 14-day quarantine.

If you feel you may have been exposed, please call the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 for instructions.

CASE TESTING POSITIVE on Wednesday:

The McPherson County Health Department notes that one new case was identified on Friday.

With the one new case, McPherson County now has a total of 178 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 166.

That leaves the total number of current active positive cases within McPherson County at 11, including the one newest case.

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 newest positive case (#178 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 30’s with an unknown exposure. The subject is now recovering at home.

UPDATED CASE DATA:

  • Total Asymptomatic Cases = 18
  • Total Cases with an Unknown Exposure = 65
  • Total Cases of those 60 years old and above = 41
  • Total Cases of those 50-59 years of age = 24
  • Total Cases of those 40-49 years of age = 24
  • Total Cases of those 30-39 years of age = 24
  • Total Cases of those 18-29 years of age = 48
  • Total Cases of those under the age of 18 = 17
  • Total Cases involving a female = 103
  • Total Cases involving a male = 75
  • Total Cases Hospitalized (May not represent any current hospitalizations) = 10
  • Total Cases needing Ventilation (May not represent any current ventilated cases) = 4
  • Total Cases that Died = 1

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.

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:

  • Traveled within the United States to any of the following states with a known widespread community transmission – –
  • > > Between the dates of June 17-27 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 between July 14-26.
  • > > 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.

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