Health Officials in McPherson and Dickinson Counties both reported new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.
McPherson County Health Department confirmed six new cases. According to a media release, these cases include a symptomatic male in his 50’s with unknown exposure, a symptomatic female in her 80’s, with unknown exposure, an asymptomatic male in his 60’s with unknown exposure, a symptomatic male in his 40’s with known exposure, an asymptomatic male in his 20’s with known exposure and a symptomatic male in his 50’s with known exposure. All of these individuals are currently recovering at home.
McPherson County Health Officials day they have seen a tremendous uptake in cases in the last week. “An alarming amount of cases are asymptomatic, meaning they do not have any signs or symptoms,” they noted. “A portion of these positive cases report attending gatherings at local lakes, parties, or traveling sport tournaments while contagious. These are events took place both inside and outside of McPherson County.”
In Dickinson County, Health Officials confirmed two new COVID-19 cases Wednesday. These cases involved a 61-year-old male and a 32-year-old male, according to a media release.
“The Dickinson County Health Department is actively notifying close contacts,” Health Officials said. “Close contacts will be asked to quarantine and monitor for symptoms consistent with COVID.”
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) says the number of Kansans who have tested positive for the coronavirus is now 12,970, an increase of 505 since Monday. The KDHE says the number of Kansans who have died from COVID-19-related conditions is 261, an increase of 2 since Monday.
KDHE also said 1,082 Kansans have been hospitalized with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. On Monday, the number was 1,056. The KDHE does not announce recoveries or active cases. 148,735 Kansans have tested negative for the virus. The number was 142,548 on Monday.