By Jessie Wagoner
Since last week, McPherson County has seen a level number of active COVID-19 cases. Last week, at press time, McPherson County had 175 total cases and 18 active cases. This week, as of press time, the McPherson County Health Department reports 190 total cases, with 18 of those cases being active.
“One-hundred-seventy-one of the total confirmed cases have now met recovery guidelines set forth by the KDHE,” Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department, said. “There is one current hospitalization and one death.”
The McPherson County Health Department is investigating an exposure at the Ol Stuga, 119 S Main St. in Lindsborg. If you were at the Ol Stuga on Thursday, Aug. 13, or Saturday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 11 p.m., you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and require a 14-day quarantine. Shea asks anyone at Ol Stuga during those dates and times to please call McPherson County Health Department at (620) 241-1753 for instruction.
McPherson County is in Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas. The McPherson County Health Department recommends McPherson County remains in Phase 3 at least until Sept. 14.
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.
The health department will continue to evaluate the threat COVID-19 poses on the community. Shea says the health department is working closely with key partners to evaluate the upcoming school year.
“It is our goal to continue to keep the community informed” Shea said. “The percent of positive cases out of how many McPherson County residents were tested during a 14-day period will facilitate MCHD recommendations.”
Criteria that will influence the recommendation to move schools to more or less restrictive measures can be found on mcphersoncountyks.us on the home page under “COVID-19: Reopening McPherson County.” Data that is currently available includes:
- June 29 to July 12: 5.47% positive rate
- July 13 to July 26: 11.49% positive rate
- July 27 to August 9: 12.64% positive rate (A few more negative tests were reported to MCHD during this time period so the percentage has changed from the previously reported percentage.)
- August 10 to August 23: 8.65% positive rate (This percentage is likely to change as more negative tests are reported to MCHD.)
McPherson County residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:
- Following Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County (mcphersoncountyks.us).
- Maintaining social distancing.
- Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than 45 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.