TOTAL CASES NOW REACHES 1,590 WITH 650 CONSIDERED ACTIVE CASES

By William

MCPHERSON – Wednesday evening, the McPherson County Health Department released their first COVID-19 report for December.

The latest report regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease within McPherson County showed another 68 new positive cases since Monday, November 30.

Included with Wednesday’s report was an explanation of McPherson County’s new quarantine guidelines for close contacts in response to the CDC recommendations and the response by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The report regarding the latest two-week period ‘gated numbers’ shows no changes and remains at a 53.48% positivity rate of all tests given.

There has also been a few changes in the current travel quarantine guidelines as well.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE as of WEDNESDAY:

With the report on Wednesday, McPherson County has now recorded a total of 1,590 positive cases overall.

Of those 1,590 cases, 940 are now considered recovered according to the recovery guidelines set forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment or passed away while sick. This gives McPherson County 650 cases considered active after you remove the ten confirmed individuals who have passed away from the coronavirus.

There are currently six (6) individuals being treated in hospitals, and the County has now recorded ten (10) total deaths, with one other considered death waiting or pending on their medical records.

NEW QUARANTINE GUIDELINES FOR THOSE WITH CLOSE CONTACTS:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their quarantine recommendation in response to local circumstances and resources.

The KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) is supporting these recommendations but leaving it up to each Kansas County to decide what method they implement.

The McPherson County Health Department will be implementing the following protocols regarding quarantine and isolation for COVID-19:

  • Someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10-days from symptom onset and may be released from isolation when they have isolated for 10-days AND have had significant symptom improvement AND have been 72-hours fever-free without any fever reducing medication.
  • Someone who is diagnosed with COVID-19 but are not having any symptoms are required to isolate for 10-days from their COVID-19 positive test date and may be released from isolation after they have been isolated for 10-days and have not developed any symptoms.
  • Someone who is identified as a CLOSE CONTACT (within six-feet for 10-minutes or longer) of a positive COVID-19 test case are required to quarantine for 10-days from the last exposure to the positive case.

REGARDING THE CLOSE CONTACT INDIVIDUALS:

  • If the close contact individual becomes symptomatic during quarantine, they should seek testing.
  • If the close contact individual does not become symptomatic by day seven (7) of their quarantine, they may seek PCR testing (not antigen testing) if they so wish. If their result comes back before their 10th day of quarantine and the test is negative, they may be released at that time. If the test comes back as positive, they must begin their own 10-day isolation as an asymptomatic case from their test date. (As per earlier recommendations)
  • If the close contact individual does not have symptoms and does not want to be tested or cannot find a location to get a PCR test – they are required to quarantine for 10-days.
  • If the close contact individual is a long-term care or assisted living resident, or an inmate of a state correctional facility, they are required by the KDHE to remain in quarantine for a full 14-days because of their high-risk living setting.

NOTE:

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, 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 on Monday, November 30):

  • New cases since last public release = 68
  • Asymptomatic Cases = 41 (+2)
  • Cases with an unknown exposure = 738 (+29)
  • Cases involving those individuals 60 years and older = 490 (+27)
  • Cases involving those individuals 50-59 years old = 228 (+9)
  • Cases involving those individuals 40-49 years old = 199 (+6)
  • Cases involving those individuals 30-39 years old = 195 (+8)
  • Cases involving those individuals 18-29 years old = 327 (+11)
  • Cases involving those individuals under 18 years old = 151 (+7)
  • Female involved cases = 832 (+33)
  • Male involved cases = 758 (+35)
  • Those cases requiring Hospitalization (May not represent current hospitalizations) = 48 (+1)
  • Those cases requiring ventilation (May not represent any current ventilated cases) = 6 (no change)
  • Those cases resulting an individual’s death = 10 (+1) (an eleventh (11) death is pending medical records)
  • Male COVID Patients who have died (total of 8) by age: 86, 90, 96, 78, 90, 81, 66, and 39.
  • Female COVID Patients who have died (total of 2) by age: 92, and 89.

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 http://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   

11/2 to 11/15              521                    1,227               42.46%               N/A

11/16 to 11/29*         491                  918                  53.48%                        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.

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.

MCPHERSON COUNTY HAS RETURNED TO PHASE 2:

McPherson County has returned to Phase 2 of Reopening Kansas.

Updated documents can be found at http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us 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 (www.mcphersoncountyks.us).
  • 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.

CURRENT TRAVEL QUARANTINES GUIDELINES:

Both 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 10-day home quarantine for Kansans 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 do six-foot distancing and wear face masks.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.

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