PLUS – UPDATED % of POSITIVE CASES INFORMATION

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 eight new positive cases and an update on the percentage of positive cases information.

The latest percentage rate of positive cases is 8.65% for the time period of August 10 to August 23.

CASE TESTING POSITIVE on SATURDAY & MONDAY:

We did not provide a posting involving a positive case on Saturday, so when adding that to the nine new cases on Monday, McPherson County now has had 187 total positive cases.

Of those 187 cases, 171 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This give McPherson County 15 cases considered active while still only having one death and currently no subjects are hospitalized.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • The positive case on Saturday (#179 overall) was a symptomatic male in his 40’s with a suspected travel exposure. The subject is recovering at home.
  • The first positive case on Monday (#180 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 70’s with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The second positive case on Monday (#181 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 30’s with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The third positive case on Monday (#182 overall) is an asymptomatic male in his 20’s with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The fourth positive case on Monday (#183 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 60’s with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The fifth positive case on Monday (#184 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 50’s with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The sixth positive case on Monday (#185 overall) is an asymptomatic male that is 18 years old with an unknown exposure at this time. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The seventh positive case on Monday (#186 overall) is a symptomatic female that is 18 years old with an unknown exposure. The subject is currently recovering at home and is a member of the family of case #187.
  • The eighth positive case on Monday (#187 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 30’s with an unknown exposure. The subject is currently recovering at home and is a member of the family of case #186.

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 http://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 12.64% positive rate (down from 12.85%). A few more negative tests were reported to the McPherson County Health Department during this time period, so the percentage has changed from what was previously reported.
  • AUGUST 10 to AUGUST 23 = an 8.65% positive rate. This percentage is likely to change as more negative tests are eventually reported to the McPherson County Health Department.

INVESTIGATION OF OL’ STUGA IN LINDSBORG:

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.

UPDATED CASE DATA (as reported on Friday, August 23):

  • 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

(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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