By Jessie Wagoner
The number of people contracting COVID-19 in McPherson County continues a steady decline this week. This week, only 20 new cases were identified by the McPherson County Health Department.
The new cases bring the total number of cases in the county to 3,231, with 106 of those being active cases as of press time. At this time, there is only one person hospitalized, and the remainder are recovering at home. Deaths remain at 85 for the county.
With the decrease in active cases the community positivity rate has now dropped to 9.93%. This is the lowest it has been since October.
At this time, McPherson County remains in Phase Three of the reopening plan and will remain in this phase until at least April 6. The county is currently vaccinating Phase Three and Four individuals.
“Individuals in these categories can contact their primary care provider to be vaccinated or call MCHD to schedule at 620-241-1753,” Shalei Shea, director of the MCHD, said.
Individuals in Phase Three and Four of the vaccination plan include:
- Individuals aged 16-64 (16-17 year olds can only receive Pfizer vaccine) with the following medical risks: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, down syndrome, heart conditions, organ transplant recipients, diabetes mellitus, sickle cell disease, pregnant patients (should discuss with provider), asthma, cerebrovascular disease, immunocompromised state, neurologic conditions, liver disease, pulmonary fibrosis, thalassemia, and obesity.
- Critical manufacturing workers that perform indoors
- Utility workers
- Social service and government workers
- Logistics workers, such as truck transportation and couriers
- Shelter, housing and construction workers
- Finance workers
- Information technology and communications workers
Health professionals continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing and good hygiene practices.