Harvey County confirms third case of COVID-19

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

The confirmed case is a woman in her 60s. Testing was completed by a private lab. The case remains under investigation. The Health Department will regularly monitor the individual, as well as follow up on all contacts.

“Our communities need to remain diligent in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Keep washing your hands frequently, maintain social distance and stay healthy at home except to do 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 747 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.

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.

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