Harvey County confirms seventh case of COVID-19

For Newton Now

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed its seventh positive case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County.

The confirmed case is a woman in her 20s. The individual is in home isolation. Testing was completed by a private lab. The Health Department will regularly monitor the individual, as well as follow up on all contacts.

As of yesterday, the KDHE had confirmed 3,738 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. That number does not include this new Harvey County case. Of Harvey County’s seven cases, five individuals have recovered. Harvey County reported its first confirmed case March 26.

The KDHE has also classified two Harvey County cases as probable for COVID-19, including one death. The cases are probable because they met clinical criteria for symptoms with a presumptive-positive lab test for blood work, but were negative in testing for an active COVID-19 virus. The KDHE has not included probable cases in its confirmed statistics at this time.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly previously issued an extension to a Stay Home executive order through May 3 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.

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 covid.ks.gov.