County adds another four Covid-19 Cases Thursday

The Harvey County Health Department announced another four Covid-19 cases Thursday morning, bringing the county’s active case total up to 16.

Patients include a male and female in their 20s, a female in their 30s and a female in their 50s. Two cases are under investigation for how they contracted the virus. The other two were contacts of a previously known case and were already in quarantine.  All four are at home and in isolation.

That follows the announcement of four cases Wednesday with two stemming from confirmed contact with a person infected and two still under investigation.  The county had two active cases seven days ago. It has added 15 cases in the last week and seen one recovery.  The jump in cases follows a period in the end of May and beginning of June where all active cases in the county had recovered.

Harvey County in total has had 32 COVID-19 cases to date. Two individuals remain hospitalized. According to the county, as of this morning, there have been 1,430 COVID-19 tests conducted.

On Tuesday the health department said it believed community spread – spread happening that can’t be traced back to a confirmed case – wasn’t occurring. However since then at least four cases have been listed as under investigation and not tied to a specific incident.  Lynnette Redington, Health Department Director said the department has been working nights and on weekends to keep up with contract tracing.

The county, in an information release, provided infection numbers in surrounding counties. Sedgwick is up to 958, Reno 58, Butler 52 McPherson 49 and Marion nine cases.  State numbers list 12,970 from its Wednesday total with 261 deaths.

Testing for those with symptoms can take place at their doctors office or at Hesston Pharmacy in Hesston.

Testing for anyone asymptomatic that wants a test can take place at Health Ministries in Newton.