MINNEAPOLIS – The Ottawa County Health Department has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in their county.
In a statement issued Thursday, Ottawa County Health officials said they received notification today confirming the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
“We are working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment during this time,” the Health Department said.
The infected individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable. The Ottawa County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient.
“Our goal continues to prevent and limit exposure to our population,” the Health Department said. “We ask that residents continue to practice social distancing and per Governor Kelly’s order limit all gathering to no more than 10 people.”
Anyone that develops respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath) or are a potential direct contact of someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19:
- Stay at home away from others in the public in order to prevent spreading infection.
- Tylenol is the preferred medication for fever rather than ibuprofen.
- Over-the-counter cough syrup is satisfactory for cough symptoms.
- Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- If your symptoms worsen, please call your physician for direction on how best to proceed. ALWAYS CALL before going to any doctor’s office, ER, or clinic. Please inform them of your symptoms when calling.
Most cases can be treated at home with periodic follow-up by phone. Whether it is influenza, COVID-19, or mild bacterial bronchitis the treatment will be the same.
As previously stated, social distancing for everyone means don’t travel! Don’t congregate in local venues. Don’t shop in family groups where multiple members may be exposed or expose others. Don’t engage in unnecessary commercial transactions or recreational activities if you can’t maintain a degree of social distancing, meaning a group of 10 people or fewer and maintaining separation of 6 feet apart.
Additionally, you contact the Ottawa County Health Department at 785-392-2822 to report any travel or a potential exposure with a positive COVID-19 patient. Guidance and education will be given based on the information provided.
Ottawa County residents can stay informed by visiting ottawacounty.org and the Ottawa County Health Department Facebook page. If you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa County Health Department or visit www.kdheks.gov.