Editor’s Note: At the time this article was written McPherson County only had 92 positive cases. Since that time the case count has increased.
By Jessie Wagoner
Those between the ages of 18 and 29 have been hardest hit by COVID-19 in McPherson County, according to data recently released by the McPherson County Health Department.
As of press time, McPherson County has a total of 92 cases of COVID-19; 79 of those cases have met recovery guidelines, and 13 individuals are currently recovering at home. Of the 92 cases, 26 were individuals between 18 and 29 years of age. Those between the ages of 40 and 49 and 60 and above each have 17 cases. So far, 10 of the cases have involved children under the age of 18.
Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department, reports there are no patients currently hospitalized. Over the course of the pandemic, seven McPherson County residents have been hospitalized, and three of those individuals have been on a ventilator.
A total of 57 women and 35 men have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Fourteen cases were asymptomatic, and 22 of the cases have unknown exposure.
“McPherson County Health Department recommends McPherson County remains in Phase 3 at least until July 20, 2020,” Shea said. “This decision is based off of the current investigations, increases in positive cases over the last 14 days, and the recommendation from KDHE.”
McPherson County Board of Health (County Commissioners) passed a resolution to opt out of Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 on July 2. McPherson County Board of Health recommends the McPherson County communities still follow the recommendations from McPherson County Health Department and McPherson County Health Officer, which includes wearing face masks while in public when six feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals.
“Mask wearing can and will significantly decrease the amount of COVID-19 spread in our communities, both from asymptomatic and symptomatic individuals,” Shea said.
Asymptomatic cases: 14/92
Cases with unknown exposure: 22/92
Female cases: 57/92
Male cases: 35/92
Cases hospitalized (no current hospitalizations): 7/92
Hospitalized cases that have been ventilated: 3/7
Cases 60 years old and above: 17/92
Cases 50-59 years old: 12/92
Cases 40-49 years old: 17/92
Cases 30-39 years old: 10/92
Cases 18-29 years old: 26/92
Cases under 18 years old: 10/92