VACCINATIONS & TRAVEL UPDATES

By William

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department offered these updates on Thursday.

VACCINATION UPDATE:

Within McPherson County, we are vaccinating anyone 16 years old and above for COVID-19/Coronavirus.

(Note – 16 and 17 year old individuals may only receive the Pfizer vaccine at this time.)

You may call the McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753, your local healthcare provider, or pharmacy for an appointment.

You may also search for locations using http://www.vaccinefinder.org.

As of April 7, 2021, according to the Kansas Immunization Registry, KSWebIZ, a total of 12,099 McPherson County residents have received at least one dose of the COVID0-19/Coronavirus vaccine.

The majority of the residents have received a vaccine from Moderna (8.446 individuals), followed by Pfizer (3,288 individuals), and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (365 individuals).

CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS/QUARANTINES:

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment and the McPherson County Health Department continue to mandate a 10-day quarantine for any Kansans if they have done any of the following:

  • Traveled on or after April 8 to states of Connecticut or Pennsylvania.
  • Traveled on or after April 8 to the countries of Andorra, Bermuda, Curacao, Poland, Serbia or Uruguay.
  • Traveled on or after March 26 to the states of Delaware, Michigan, or Rhode Island.
  • Traveled on or after March 26 to the countries of Hungary or Jordan.
  • Traveled on or after March 12 to the states of New Jersey or New York.
  • Traveled on or after March 12 to the countries of the State of Palestine or Estonia.
  • Traveled on or after February 26 to the country of San Marino.
  • Attended/traveled to a mass gathering event out-of-state of 500 people or greater where individuals did not practice 6-foot distancing and wear masks.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or went on a river cruise.

REOPENING PLAN UPDATE:

The McPherson County Health Department (MCHD) recognizes and is proud of McPherson County for continuing to practice critical safety measures to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19/Coronavirus in our communities.

After considering McPherson County’s population vaccinated rate, current trends with COVID-19/Coronavirus infection locally, statewide and nationally, and consulting with local healthcare partners, MCHD will recommend we move to a modified reopening plan that includes the following:

  • 100-person gathering limit when 6-foot distancing is not maintained.
  • Continued mask usage when all surrounding individuals have not been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks, especially in settings where 6-foot distancing is not maintained or there is poor ventilation.
  • Frequent hand hygiene practices and staying home when sick.

The McPherson County Health Department recommends that McPherson County practice the above recommendations beginning April 5, 2021 and this will be reviewed again on April 19, 2021.

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