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Second confirmed COVID-19 case

All contacts identified; limiting exposure important

BELOIT – After an incorrect number of Mitchell County COVID-19 confirmed cases was posted at 2 on Monday, this is now a reality as the Mitchell County Health Department has immediately sent reports of a second confirmed case as of today (Wednesday) morning.

"The Mitchell County Health Department received notification today confirming our second positive case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County. As with our first confirmed case, we are continuing to work closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) during this time," said Mitchell County Health Department Administrator, Cortney Murrrow.

The case in Mitchell county is a male over 60 with a recent known exposure. The individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable. The Mitchell County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient.

If you develop 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, please contact your health care provider prior to arriving at the facility. Please do not arrive at the clinic or the hospital prior to calling ahead. These actions will reduce the chance of exposure to our health care providers, and allow for the most efficient usage of our currently limited health care resources.

Additionally, contact the Mitchell County Health Department to report any travel or a potential exposure with a positive COVID-19 patient. We will be able to provide guidance and education based on the information provided. To contact the Mitchell County Health Department, please call 785-738-5175.

"Now more than ever it is important to implement social distancing, limit your risk of exposure, and do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19," said Murrow. "All health care providers in our community are working together to safely and efficiently address your health care needs. Thank you for your participation in keeping yourselves, your families and your communities safe and healthy."

A total of 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were in the state of Kansas as of Tuesday, March 24 with one case in Mitchell County despite an accidental duplication in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment system stating there were two.

Fifty seven of those cases were tested in private labs and 41 at the KDHE lab. Two deaths have occurred and two cases were out of state residents that aren't included in the Kansas numbers.

The total shows 41 females and 57 males have tested positive.

Age range on patients is age 7 to 90 years of age, with a median age of 52.

There are a total of 2, 086 negative cases for Kansans.

The following counties and their numbers are:

Bourbon 1

Butler County 3

Cherokee County 2

Doniphan 1

Douglas County 6

Franklin 1

Jackson County 1

Johnson County 36

Leavenworth County 7

Linn County 2

Lyon 2

Mitchell County 1 (Now 2)

Morris County 2

Pottawatomie 1

Reno County 2

Sedgwick 7

Woodson 1

Wyandotte 22

Ford and Miami Counties reported positive cases in out-of-state residents.

Douglas and Mitchell Counties had incorrect numbers in their updates for 3/23/20 as it should have read Douglas County 6 and Mitchell County 1 for collective total of 79 for 3/23/20.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537