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Ford County announces COVID-19 case from traveler into county

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Published: Mar. 17, 2020 at 9:33 AM CDT
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Ford County has announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Officials say the patient traveled into Ford County from out of state and is over the age of 60. Ford County officials did not say which state the patient came from.

That person is being treated, and their family members are under quarantine.

Ford County says they have remained fully staffed in all areas related to the mitigation and tracking of COVID-19, and will remain attentive and engaged in all activities in the future.

County officials say residents who feel they need COVID-19 testing because of active symptoms or recent travel to areas where there are confirmed cases, should contact their health care provider.

Medical providers, Western Plains Medical Complex and Ford County's Health Department have the ability to test for COVID-19.

Ford County Commission Vice Chairman Shawn Tasset says there is no known transmission of the virus in the county.

"We don't have community transmission. The contact was very small, very tightly contained."

Ford County and Dodge City are closing public facilities like the Wright Park Zoo, Dodge City's city hall and the city's animal shelter. Some facilities like the government center in Dodge City have restricted access.

"We've got a very proactive management situation going on," Tasset says.

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