24 CONSIDERED ACTIVE – FOUR CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

LOCAL COLLEGE OUTBREAK

By William

MCPHERSON – Monday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released another report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County. The report included a listing of eight new positive cases spread out over Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and that one of the new cases is currently hospitalized while four of the cases came through known exposure to an outbreak at a local college. The name of the college was not made available at this time.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE on FRIDAY:

As of the Monday evening report, McPherson County now has had 203 total positive cases. One new positive case was identified on Saturday, two reported on Friday and that individual was hospitalized.

Of those 203 cases, 179 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This gives McPherson County 24 cases considered active while still only having one death and there are now four (4) individuals that are currently hospitalized.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • First new positive case identified on Saturday, August 29th (#196 overall) was a symptomatic nine-month old male with an unknown exposure.
  • The first new positive case identified on Sunday, August 30th (#197 overall) was an 18-year old female with a known exposure to a local college outbreak. The subject is currently recovering within McPherson County.
  • The second new positive case identified on Sunday, August 30th (#198 overall) was an asymptomatic 13-year old female with an unknow exposure.
  • The first new positive case identified on Monday, August 31st (#199 overall) is a symptomatic female in her 80’s with an unknown exposure at this time. This subject is currently hospitalized.
  • The second new positive case identified on Monday, August 31st (#200 overall) is a symptomatic 18-year old male with a known exposure to a local college outbreak. This subject is currently recovering within McPherson County.
  • The third new positive case identified on Monday, August 31st (#201 overall) is a symptomatic 18-year old female with a known exposure to a local college outbreak. This subject is currently recovering within McPherson County.
  • The fourth new positive case identified on Monday, August 31st (#202 overall) is a symptomatic 19-year old female with a known exposure to a local college outbreak. This subject is currently recovering within McPherson County.
  • The fifth new positive case identified on Monday, August 31st (#203 overall) is a symptomatic 19-year old male with an unknown exposure.

UPDATED CASE DATA (as of report given Friday, August 28th):

  • Asymptomatic Cases = 20
  • Cases with an Unknown Exposure = 74
  • Cases involving those 60-years old and older = 43
  • Cases involving those 50-59 Years Old = 26
  • Cases involving those 40-49 Years Old = 25
  • Cases involving those 30-39 Years Old = 27
  • Cases involving those 18-29 Years Old = 57
  • Cases involving those under the Age of 18 = 17
  • Female Cases = 109
  • Male Cases = 86
  • Those Cases Requiring Hospitalization (May not represent Current Hospitalizations) = 13
  • Those Cases Requiring Ventilation (May not represent Current Ventilated Cases) = 4
  • Those Cases Resulting in a Death = 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 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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