Osage County COVID-19 cases increase over holiday weekend

LYNDON, Kan. – With yesterday’s online posting of current COVID-19 cases, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Osage County gained four active cases over the weekend holiday and Monday. KDHE reported new cases were confirmed in the county with two on July 3, one on July 4, and one on July 6, and showed the county’s total cases since the pandemic began at 18.

In a social media post yesterday, the Osage County Health Department reported five active cases in the county, with 12 recovered and 60 people under quarantine. Today OCHD’s COVID-19 counter shows five active cases in the county with 14 recovered and 51 people quarantined.

An OCHD social media post today stated, “All new cases have been in the north end of the county. No community spread as of yet is indicated. There have been rumors of exposure to student athletes at Santa Fe Trail. Our investigation has indicated that there wasn’t any exposure to students during the patient’s contagious period, per KDHE protocol. Anyone who is considered a close contact has been notified on all positive cases.”

The new cases follow the Osage County commissioners’ action last week to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide. The Osage County Board of Health cited the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the governor’s mandate to wear masks would be difficult, as reasons for exempting the county.

Kelly’s order went into effect July 3, and requires most Kansans to wear a mask while in public spaces and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet. During a special meeting July 2, county commissioners made the order to exempt Osage County from the governor’s order, following recommendations from the county health board.

As of Monday, Kansas had recorded 16,901 cases, 1,235 hospitalizations, and 280 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.

Osage County recorded its first case on March 26; so far the most cases recorded in a single day were three on June 27.

See related stories:
Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order
Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces
Kansas COVID-19 website: www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas

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