First case of COVID-19 identified in Osage County

Ed. note: The Osage County Health Department issued this press release today.

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County Health Department announced the first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Osage County on Friday, March 27, 2020. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory identified the positive case.

The case involves a 48-year-old female Osage County resident. Privacy laws prohibit the release of further information about the patient.

Osage County Health Department will identify close contacts of the individual. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. Officials will contact those who were exposed as soon as possible and monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. The health department will be actively monitoring the close contacts for 14 days for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Osage County issued a stay-at-home order on March 26, 2020, to go into effect 12:01 a.m. March 28, using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. This order can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/Osage-County-Covid-19-110249017270887/.

Since the spread of COVID-19 began, Osage County officials are working in daily collaboration with state and local partners to slow the spread of COVID-19. Osage County residents can stay informed by visiting:

Osage County Health Department Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/osagecohealthdept/
Osage County, COVID-19 Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/Osage-County-Covid-19-110249017270887/
KDHE: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463.
CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus


 
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