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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed its 14th case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County.
The confirmed case is a man in his 40s. The man was in contact with an individual with COVID-19 in another county.
Testing was completed by a private lab. The man is in home isolation. The Health Department will regularly monitor the individual, as well as follow up on all contacts.
As of Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 7,468 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. That number does not include this new Harvey County case. Harvey County has had 14 total cases, including 10 confirmed and four probable cases. Of the 14 total cases, 11 have met recovery criteria. One is in recovery. Two others are since deceased after testing positive for the virus.
The KHDE recently began including probable cases in its county case counts. At this time, the KDHE does not include two probable Harvey County cases in the State’s counts because of the KDHE’s testing standards for older tests. However, Harvey County includes them in its counts.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued the State’s guidance for reopening, “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The state is currently in the first phase of the guidance. The plan in its entirety can be found at covid.ks.gov.
The KDHE has a phone hotline available to answer questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 at 1-866-534-3463.