70 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Kansas

(KWCH/WIBW) 8:10 p.m.- March, 22, 2020

The Florida Department announces there are 563 cases of COVID-19 in Florida. (CDC)

Lyon and Bourbon counties are reporting positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total cases in Kansas to 70.

On Sunday, Lyon County Health officials confirmed the county's first two cases. The patients are currently in self-isolation.

Health officials say they're investigating to see who the two may have been in contact with over the past several days.

“Working together, each one of us has an opportunity to minimize the spread of disease”, stated Renee Hively, Lyon County Health Officer. "Everyone should continue using protective measures which include social distancing (no closer than 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes), washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth when you cough, avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes and stay home when you are sick."

The Bourbon County Public Health Department is reporting one positive case.

The department is working to identity and contact individuals who may have been exposed to the patient.
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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Health officials confirm one new case of COVID-19 in Douglas County, bringing the total to 67 in Kansas.

On Sunday, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health said the new case involves a man in his 50s who had recently traveled on an international cruise ship. No other information will be released about the patient.

The patient has been in isolation since returning to Douglas County, and Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has identified one close contact, who is being monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

All four currently identified cases of COVID-19 in the county involve patients who had traveled internationally or domestically to places where the disease was present in large numbers.

The KDHE has issued mandates recently for quarantine and isolation of travelers.

In an effort to stem the outbreak and promote social distancing, Douglas County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino has issued orders in recent days, including one to prohibit public gatherings of more than 10 people and close restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, night clubs and movie theaters through April 1. Restaurants can offer carryout, drive-through and delivery services.

Marcellino has also strongly recommended:

• People avoid non-essential trips and stay home to the extent they can.

• Practice good hygiene, including frequently washing your hands, avoid touching your face and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.

• Daycare centers close while schools are closed.

• Retirement communities and long-term care centers limit visitors.

• People avoid large gatherings including sports practices, games and tournaments and unnecessary social gatherings.

• If you do need to go out in public, work to ensure you maintain six feet from other people.

If you are exhibiting symptoms (fever and lower-respiratory symptoms) and you believe you have been exposed to the coronavirus, make every effort to call your healthcare provider. Do not visit a clinic without notifying the clinic first to ensure proper protocols are followed to contain the potential spread of disease.
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New numbers from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and two Kansas counties show there are 66 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kansas.

Health officials in Cherokee and Reno counties each confirmed one new case moments after KDHE issued Sunday afternoon's report.

KDHE's reporting does not include two cases reported in Ford and Miami counties, in patients who were visiting Kansas from out-of-state.

Johnson and Wyandotte counties are still experiencing the highest rates of infection, with 28 and 14 cases respectively.
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Friday, March 20, 2020 - 7 p.m.

The first presumptive case of COVID-19 in Reno County brings the total number of cases in Kansas to 48.

Reno County Health Director Nick Baldetti says the county's first presumptive cases is a woman in her 60s. He says the health department is working to confirm her travel history and reaching out to anyone she's had close contact with. The health department reports the woman is in quarantine at her home

Two additional cases in Leavenworth County bring that county's total to four. As of Friday evening, the Kansas City area is the most heavily hit with half of the state's cases (24) confirmed in Johnson County, the four in Leavenworth County and nine in Wyandotte County.

Leavenworth County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19

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Friday, March 20, 2020 - 2:10 p.m.

Riley County EMS has confirmed that one person in the county has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs has decided to issue an order prohibiting all public gatherings of ten or more people, indoors or outdoors, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. The order will be effective at least until April 4.

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Friday, March 20, 2020 -1:48 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are now 44 positive cases of coronavirus in Kansas.

These confirmed cases are spread over the following counties: Butler (2), Cherokee(1), Douglas (1), Franklin (1), Jackson (1), Johnson (23), Leavenworth (2), Linn (1), Morris (2), Sedgwick (1) and Wyandotte (8).

Ford and Miami counties also reported positive cases, one each, in out-of-state residents.

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9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020

Sedgwick County officials along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have confirmed the first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in a Sedgwick County resident.

The patient, a woman over 60 years old, is currently in home isolation, following the guidance of the CDC.

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5:20 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020

With a new case reported in Butler County, there are now 35 cases in Kansas. These confirmed cases are spread over the following counties: Butler (2), Cherokee(1), Douglas (1), Franklin (1), Jackson (1), Johnson (16), Leavenworth (2), Linn (1), Morris (2) and Wyandotte (8).

Butler County says its second case is a woman in her 60s who had traveled within the United States.

"The local health department has identified all contacts she contacted while she was infectious and will monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms," the Butler County Health Department says. "The patient is in isolation."

Also, two out-of-state residents tested positive in Ford and Miami counties.

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11:06 a.m.

Two more Kansas counties have announced cases of coronavirus.

Morris County

On Wednesday, the Morris County Health Department said it was notified that two residents tested positive for COVID-19.

The health department said the two people visited a number of locations while symptomatic:
Watts Coffee - March 12 & 13 - morning
Rays Apple Market - March 12th - mid-morning
Life Center - March 13 - morning
Twin Lakes Liquor Store - March 13 - mid-afternoon
Ad Astra Restaurant - March 13 - 6:30 p.m.

"The Morris County Health Department will be closed to the public at this time. This will allow our staff to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and our efforts to keep Morris County resident safe and healthy," said the health department in a Facebook post on Thursday.

The health department can be reached by phone at 620-767-5175.

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Jackson County

Health officials in Jackson County have confirmed their first case of the coronavirus.

In a news release from NEK Multi-County Health Departments, Jackson Co. Health Officer Angela Reith said they were made aware of the case Wednesday night.

Reith says the person is in isolation and following the recommendations of health officials.

Staff members also began identifying contacts of the person who is infected.

Their identity has not been released.