19 ACTIVE CASES – 4 HOSPITALIZED – UPDATED TRAVEL LISTINGS

By William

MCPHERSON – Tuesday afternoon, the McPherson County Health Department released another report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County. The report included a listing of two (2) new positive case reported on Monday.

The McPherson County Health Department says that they will begin reporting and releasing updates only on Mondays, Wednesdays. And Fridays, beginning on Wednesday, September 30.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE on FRIDAY:

With the Tuesday report, McPherson County now has had 268 total positive cases.

Of those 268 cases, 249 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This gives McPherson County 19 cases considered active while still only having one death and there are now currently four (4) individuals who are hospitalized.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • The first new positive case (#267 overall) identified on Tuesday was a symptomatic male in his 30’s who has an unknown exposure.
  • The second new positive case (#268 overall) identified on Tuesday was a symptomatic female in her 30’s who has an unknown exposure and is part of the same family as case #267.

REGARDING & EVALUATING THE SCHOOL YEAR:

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

It is our goal to continue to keep the community informed.

The percent 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.

Previously, the McPherson County Health Department would remove those being tested for preoperational reasons from the total number of those tested to better gauge the number of ill patients that were positive for COVID-19.

Starting September 11, the McPherson County Health Department will no longer remove preoperational tests from the number reported to represent community spread data more accurately.

The data reported below are not the only data that influences the recommendation to move to more-or-less restrictions.

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

Data has been updated to reflect the above-mentioned changes includes:

Dates               # New Positives          # Tested          % Positive       % Positive w/o Pre-Ops

6/19 to 7/12               22                    449                  4.89%              5.47%

7/13 to 7/26               30                    312                  9.61%              11.49%

7/27 to 8/9                 32                    311                  10.28%                        12.64%

8/10 to 8/23               20                    282                  7.09%              8.62%

8/24 to 9/6                 38                    321                  11.83%            14.39%

9/7 to 9/20                  38                    419                  9.06%              10.10%

*=Numbers may change as more results are reported to the McPherson County Health Department from those time periods.

(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 www.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 where individuals did not have 6-foot distances and wear masks.
  • Traveled to Aruba on or after September 24.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.

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