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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed its fourth presumptive-positive case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County. However, the individual in this case has already completed the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s criteria for recovery.
The confirmed case is a man in his 50s. The individual had known out-of-state travel, and had been in self-quarantine. The KDHE requires COVID-19 patients to self-isolate for seven days after onset or 72 hours after resolution of fever, whichever is longer. The man completed the criteria while test results were compiled.
Testing was completed by a private lab. The case will still continue to be under investigation. The Health Department will follow up on all contacts.
“It remains especially important each person does their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19. That means continuing to frequently wash your hands, keep practicing social distancing and staying healthy at home and only going out for the essentials,” said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a Stay Home executive order until April 19 in response to COVID-19. Kansans must stay home except to go to work to perform an essential function; obtain food, medicine or household necessities; medical care; caring for children, family members or pets; or exercise that abides by social distancing and gathering guidelines.
As of this morning, the KDHE had confirmed 845 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. That number does not include this new Harvey County case. Harvey County reported its first confirmed case March 26. Of Harvey County’s four cases, two individuals have recovered.
The KDHE has a phone hotline available to answer questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 at 1-866-534-3463. Resources are also available at govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus.