COVID-19 update: County experiences weeklong relief

Osage County flattened its COVID-19 curve for the entire third week of the county’s phased reopening. In the first two weeks of July, the county appeared to be on an upward trend as confirmed cases in the county more than doubled, averaging about one new diagnosis a day until last Thursday. County and state officials confirm that Osage County gained no new known cases since last Friday, July 17, 2020.

As reported by the Osage County Health Department yesterday, July 23, Osage County currently has only one positive case, with 31 Osage Countians reported as recovered from the infection. As of 1 p.m. yesterday, there were eight people in the county under quarantine. Since the pandemic began in March, 1,135 negative tests have been recorded from among Osage County residents.

On KDHE’s map of total cases across the state, its number for Osage County, 32, represents a drop from this week’s report of 34 cases July 20.

OCHD explained the discrepancy as an incorrect test result entered into the state system over the weekend. In addition, one positive case was reported as an individual living in Osage County, but the person had moved and contracted the virus afterward.

“This case was originally counted as Osage County’s case, but we have since been notified that the patient will not be our case,” the health department reported in a social media post.

The health department statement also qualified its COVID-19 reporting, saying, “OCHD does NOT intentionally report incorrect numbers. Our numbers come directly from KDHE through the state reporting system. I assure you, our staff has no reason to want more positive cases in our county. Each positive case leads to a significant amount of work in documentation, contact tracing, phone calls, and many other tasks associated with assisting those ill and in quarantine. OCHD is not a testing site, so none of the positives generated are from any testing OCHD has completed.”

During the first week of July, Osage County commissioners exempted the county from Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask guidance, and started the county on its last planned phase for reopening after the pandemic shutdown.

For more information about COVID-19 in Osage County, the health department encouraged citizens to call 785-828-3117, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

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