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COVID-19 update: Cases on steady rise in Osage County

Senior center set to reopen after precautionary closure

Active cases of COVID-19 are again steadily rising in Osage County, with the health department reporting eight current positive cases yesterday, Aug. 10, 2020, along with 11 people quarantined.

As of yesterday, Osage County Health Department had recorded a total of 45 positive cases since Osage County’s first diagnosed case March 23.

In its Monday report, Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported six of Osage County’s cases have required hospitalization. OCHD reported yesterday there were currently no patients hospitalized, and 37 Osage County patients have recovered from the infection. No deaths in the county have been attributed to the virus.

The health department also reported the Osage County Senior Center would reopen on Aug. 12, after being shutdown July 30 due to a possible cluster of COVID-19 cases. The health department said no new cases have been associated with the senior center. In announcing the closure, the health department said three cases were possibly associated to the senior center. People who visited the senior center anytime between July 20 and July 27, 2020, were asked to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms.

As of Aug. 10, 2020, Kansas has recorded 31,730 cases of COVID-19, 387 deaths, and 1,191 hospitalizations.

KDHE advises the best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus and offers the following steps to minimize your risk:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Distance yourself from others when in public.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when in public. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order mandating mask use beginning July 3 statewide, but some counties and municipalities have exempted themselves from the governor’s order.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue. Throw the used tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, including phones, keyboards, doorknobs, handles and light switches.

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