COVID cases continue to climb 

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By Jessie Wagoner

 

McPherson County currently has 313 total cases of COVID-19 with 288 of the total cases meeting recovery guidelines or having passed away. As of press time, there are 25 active cases and one current hospitalization. The McPherson County Health Department is confirming medical records on two other deaths before adding them to county numbers. 

 

“MCHD would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the families suffering loss,” Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department said. 

 

Shea has provided the following updated data regarding the cases in McPherson County: 

 

  • Asymptomatic: 28
  • Cases with unknown exposure: 127
  • Cases 60 years old and above: 80
  • Cases 50-59 years old: 34
  • Cases 40-49 years old: 45
  • Cases 30-39 years old: 41
  • Cases 18-29 years old: 81
  • Cases under 18 years old: 32
  • Female cases: 164
  • Male cases: 149
  • Hospitalized cases (may not represent current hospitalizations): 26
  • Ventilated cases (may not represent current ventilated cases): 4
  • Deaths: 3 (2 pending records)

 

McPherson County is in Phase Three of Reopening Kansas. The McPherson County Health Department recommends McPherson County remains in Phase Three at least until Nov. 9. This decision extends Phase Three by two incubation periods and is based off the trend in incidence rate.

 

KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-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 6-foot distance and wear masks.
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise.

 

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

 

  • Following Phase Three 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.