By William

MCPHERSON – Monday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released their latest report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County and the report showed yet another major upswing with 157 new positive identified cases reported since Friday’s report as well a listing of the updated overall case data information.

Included with the Monday report was the latest ‘Gated Numbers’ which showed 521 positive tests out of 1,223 tests given which brings the current positive test rate up to 42.60% within McPherson County!


With the report on Monday, McPherson County has now recorded a total of 1,062 positive cases.

Of those 1,063 cases, 541 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 513 cases considered active after you remove the eight individuals who have passed away.

There are currently six (6) individuals being treated in hospitals, and the County has still only recorded eight (8) total deaths as of the Friday report.

ADDITIONAL NOTE (From Health Director Shalei Shea):

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

As cases continue to rapidly increase, the McPherson County Health Department is experiencing a delay in response time to begin investigations and contact tracing.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is experiencing similar delays.

Please know that our team of eight (8) are working tirelessly to contact cases, close contacts and answer questions coming in.

Please be aware that if you or someone you know has been tested, they may receive a call from the KDHE Epidemiologists as they help us to 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.

While waiting on notification from our team or the KDHE, please continue your isolation and notify the people that have been within six (6) feet of you for ten (10) minutes or longer, including those that meet that criteria in the 48 hours prior to your symptom onset.

If you are not symptomatic, please include close contacts 48 hours prior to your positive test date.


Our communities are going to be making difficult decisions surrounding how to proceed as cases climb and the healthcare system is stained.

Please note that these decisions are not made lightly but are vital to the future of our communities.

We want to keep ‘business as usual’, our children in schools, our workplaces functioning in person, and our healthcare system well equipped.

Each individual McPherson County resident plays an important role in our communities, part of which includes keeping our society healthy.

If you became lax or less cautious during Phase 3, now is the time to be more cautious and diligent in the choices we must make.

Stay home, stay safe, and wear a mask.


  • The Report does no longer list the new identified positive cases as to any kind of break down as to symptomatic or asymptomatic, whether a male or female, ages of the individual, 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 = 157
  • Asymptomatic Cases = 33 (no change)
  • Cases with an unknown exposure = 501 (+80)
  • Cases involving those individuals 60 years and older = 304 (+46)
  • Cases involving those individuals 50-59 years old = 149 (+27)
  • Cases involving those individuals 40-49 years old = 135 (+9)
  • Cases involving those individuals 30-39 years old = 135 (+22)
  • Cases involving those individuals 18-29 years old = 232 (+34)
  • Cases involving those individuals under 18 years old = 107 (+19)
  • Female involved cases = 561 (+85)
  • Male involved cases = 501 (+72)
  • Those cases requiring Hospitalization (May not represent current hospitalizations) = 38 (+1)
  • Those cases requiring ventilation (May not represent any current ventilated cases) = 5 (no change)
  • Those cases resulting an individual’s death = 8 (no change)


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 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    

11/2 to 11/15*           521                  1223                42.60%                        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.


McPherson County has returned to Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas.

Updated documents can be found at on the home page, under ‘COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.’

McPherson County Health Department recommends McPherson County remains in Phase 2 at least until November 23rd, 2020.

 McPherson County residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

  • Following Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County (
  • Maintaining social distancing.
  • Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than 15-persons.
  • 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.


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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