DOWN TO 120 ACTIVE CASES – 7 MORE DEATHS

By William

MCPHERSON – On Thursday afternoon, February 18, the McPherson County Health Department released the newest Coronavirus/COVID-19 Report and it shoes just 23 new cases since the report released two days earlier.

More good news comes from the report noting that only 2 individuals are currently hospitalized due to the pandemic, down six from previous reports.

The report did acknowledge 7 more individuals having died from the Coronavirus/COVID-19 or complications caused by it.

Regarding the counts on the Vaccines, McPherson County Health Director Shalei Shea also noted, “The Vaccine shipment for this week (which was supposed to be 500 doses) was not received due to weather so while we will have a 1-week lag, we are hopeful higher allotments are in our future! The doses for this week are being added to next weeks shipment to make up for it, so we are not really losing anything except time and will continue to take this day by day.”

A Reminder – last week the McPherson County Health Department recommended McPherson County move to Phase 3 in reopening McPherson County effective Wednesday, February 10.

Full breakdown of all the numbers are as follows.

CASES TESTING POSITIVE & OTHER DATA #’S as of Thursday, February 18:

With Thursday’s report, McPherson County has now recorded a total of 3,113 positive cases overall.

Of those 3,113 cases, 2,993 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 means the cases in McPherson County that are still considered active has dropped to 120, a decrease of 359 since the report given out on Tuesday, February 16.

Tuesday’s report did show that McPherson County now has just 2 individuals currently hospitalized due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 which 4 fewer than the last report, while also reporting 7 new deaths.

VACCINE INFORMATION (As reported Tuesday, February 9):

Total COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Received at MCHD since December 21, 2020:

  • 2,010

Doses Scheduled/Administered at MCHD:

  • 1,210

Doses Transferred to Providers from MCHD:

  • 800

UPDATED CASE DATA (# change since last report on Tuesday, February 16):

  • New cases since last public release = 23
  • Asymptomatic Cases = 65 (no change)
  • Cases with an unknown exposure = 1,478 (+ 3)
  • Cases involving those individuals 60 years and older = 957 (+ 8)
  • Cases involving those individuals 50-59 years old = 427 (+ 3)
  • Cases involving those individuals 40-49 years old = 401 (+ 1)
  • Cases involving those individuals 30-39 years old = 390 (+ 3)
  • Cases involving those individuals 18-29 years old = 625 (+ 4)
  • Cases involving those individuals under 18 years old = 313 (+ 4)
  • Female involved cases = 1,629 (+ 10)
  • Male involved cases = 1,484 (+ 13)
  • Those cases requiring Hospitalization (May not represent current hospitalizations) = 124 (+ 2)
  • Those cases requiring ventilation (May not represent any current ventilated cases) = 21 (+ 1)
  • Those cases resulting an individual’s death = 78 (+ 7)
  • Male COVID patients who have died by ages (52 total, an increase of 5): 90+ (9); 80-89 (19); 70-79 (12); 60-69 (7); 50-59 (1); 40-49 (2); 30-39 (2)
  • Female COVID patients who have died by age (26 total, an increase of 2): 90+ (10); 80-89 (11); 70-79 (2); 60-69 (3); 50-59 (0); 40-49 (0); 30-39 (0)

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    

11/30 to 12/13           493                  730                  67.53%                        N/A

12/14 to 12/27           341                  832                  40.98%                        N/A

12/28 to 1/10             300                  848                  35.37               N/A

1-11 TO 1-24               245                  598                  40.96               N/A

1-25 to 2-7*                152                  458                  33.18               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.

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 a river cruise.

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