18 CONSIDERED ACTIVE with 2 NOW HOSPITALIZED

By William

MCPHERSON – Thursday afternoon, the McPherson County Health Department released another report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County. The report included a listing of four new positive cases over Wednesday and Thursday plus a second individual now hospitalized due to complications with the coronavirus and a change in travel quarantine restrictions.

The latest percentage rate of positive cases is 8.62% for the time period of August 10 to August 23.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE on SATURDAY & MONDAY:

As of the Thursday afternoon report, McPherson County now has had 194 total positive cases. Two new positive cases were reported late Wednesday evening along with two new positive cases reported on Thursday.

Of those 194 cases, 175 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This give McPherson County 18 cases considered active while still only having one death and there is now two individuals that are currently hospitalized.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • First positive case reported on Wednesday, August 26 (#191 overall) is a symptomatic 18-year old female with an unknown exposure. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The second positive case reported on Wednesday, August 26 (#192 overall) is an asymptomatic female in her 20’s with an unknown exposure. The subject is currently isolating at home.
  • The first positive case reported on Thursday, August 27 (#193 overall) is a symptomatic male in his 20’s with an unknown exposure. The subject is currently recovering at home.
  • The second positive case reported on Thursday, August 27 (#194 overall) is an asymptomatic male in his 20’s with a known travel exposure. The subject is currently isolating at and is part of the family of case #190.

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.

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
  • AUGUST 10 to AUGUST 23 = an 8.62% positive rate. This percentage is likely to change as more negative tests are eventually reported to the McPherson County Health Department.

(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:

  • Attended/Traveled to a mass gathering event (out-of-state) of 500 people or greater on or after August 11.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.
  • Traveled July 14 to August 27 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice with Restrictions on Entry into the United States, these countries include China, Iran, European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

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