172 ACTIVE CASES – 1 NEW DEATH – UPDATED OVERALL CASE DATA

By William

MCPHERSON – On Wednesday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released another report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County and the report showed a major upswing of 58 new positive identified cases reported since Monday’s report as well a listing of the updated overall case data information.

This amounts to 152 new cases in the past week and 225 in the past two weeks.

The County Health Department also added three (3) new destinations to their travel quarantine guidelines.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE as of MONDAY:

With the Wednesday evening report, McPherson County now has had 580 total positive cases.

Of those 580 cases, 408 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment or have passed away. This gives McPherson County 172 cases considered active after you remove the seven who have passed away.

There are currently six (6) individuals hospitalized, the County has had recorded another death due to COVID-19 which gives us eight (8) total deaths as of Wednesday.

The McPherson County Health Department passes on their condolences to those who have had a family member lose their life due to COVID-19 or complications it may have caused.

ADDITIONAL NOTE (From Health Director Shalei Shea):

McPherson County has seen a dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases.

Please let our data solidify the need to wear masks, avoid large gatherings, stay home when sick, and practice good hand hygiene.

The cold season is upon us and will not make our jobs any easier when trying to differentiate between COVID-19 and other ailments, like the common cold or influenza.

Please continue to seek medical care and work with your medical professional.

Our increase in cases also triggers the alarm for an increase in community spread.

Outbreaks across the state can be identified on the KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) website, including McPherson County outbreaks.

The McPherson County Health Department is working closely with KDHE to help investigate and contract trace COVID-19 cases.

PLEASE BE AWARE that if you or someone you know has been tested, they may receive a call from KDHE Epidemiologists as they help us manage our case load.

If you are not sure if it is a real call, ask for their callback number and then please call the McPherson County Health Department and we can confirm that it is a legitimate investigator.

NEWEST POSITIVE CASES:

  • The Report does no longer list the new identified positive cases as to any kind of break down as to symptomatic or asymptomatic, male or female, ages, and either known or unknown exposures. But instead the McPherson County Health Department will continually update the overall case data as seen below.

UPDATED CASE DATA (# (change since last report):

  • New cases since last public release = 58
  • Asymptomatic Cases = 30 (no change)
  • Cases with an unknown exposure = 270 (+31)
  • Cases involving those individuals 60 years and older = 171 (+24)
  • Cases involving those individuals 50-59 years old = 74 (+9)
  • Cases involving those individuals 40-49 years old = 83 (+7)
  • Cases involving those individuals 30-39 years old = 70 (+7)
  • Cases involving those individuals 18-29 years old = 124 (+9)
  • Cases involving those individuals under 18 years old = 58 (+2)
  • Female involved cases = 315 (+35)
  • Male involved cases = 265 (+23)
  • Those cases requiring Hospitalization (May not represent current hospitalizations) = 34 (+2)
  • Those cases requiring ventilation (May not represent any current ventilated cases) = 5 (no change)
  • Those cases resulting an individual’s death = 8 (+1)

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%

9/21 to 10/4               21                    394                  5.32%              6.12%

10/5 to 10/18             62                    446                  13.90%                        N/A

10/19 to 11/1*           184                  575                  32.00%                        N/A    

*=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:

  • Traveled to or from South Dakota on or after November 4
  • Traveled to or from Belgium and Czechia on or after November 4
  • Traveled to or from North Dakota on or after October 21
  • Traveled to or from the country of Andorra on or after October 21
  • 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 on a cruise ship or river cruise.

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