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New case disrupts COVID recovery

Marion County Health Department confirmed the county’s 10th COVID-19 case Tuesday. The patient is in isolation.

Last week, a Centre school’s athlete and another county resident were confirmed to have the virus.

Those two were the first reported since mid-April and came on the heels of stay-at-home orders being lifted.

County health nurse Diedre Serene said last week she was not surprised to learn about more cases in the county.

“As people move more and we are conducting more testing, we’re going to find more,” she said.

The health department is tracing close contacts of the new patient — people who have been within six feet for more than 10 minutes. Contacts will be put in quarantine.

The health department monitors people in isolation and quarantine.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment charts show that only three of the nine earlier cases in the county were hospitalized.

Wanda Manickam, county health department nurse who tracks COVID-19 cases, declined Tuesday to provide information on whether the two residents diagnosed a week ago had been hospitalized.

“We don’t release that information,” Manickam said. “Whatever goes out in the press releases, that’s all that goes out to the public.”

Manickam said the state was keeping records of how patients are faring but has not made recovery information available.

According to Kansas Department of Health and Environment statistics, the nine positive diagnoses in Marion County represent 0.8 per 1,000 population. To date, 26.09 residents per 1,000 population have been tested.

These compare to 4.28 diagnoses per 1,000 and 53.13 tested per 1,000 tested statewide, and 1.7 diagnoses and 42.4 tested in Sedgwick County.

Last modified June 25, 2020

 

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