County cases of COVID-19 on the rise


The Marion County Health Department has created an easy to read chart that they now send out with all releases of information. It provides the additional information that many have been asking for and helps answer questions that may arise.

The numbers continue to rise for COVID-19 in Marion County.

According to the Marion County Health Department, Marion County has now had 54 cases of COVID-19. There are currently 4 active cases. This information was current as of 5 p.m. on Monday, August 3.

Here are the new cases since the Free Press last reported on the pandemic last week:

Wednesday, July 29

Positive case is a male in his 50s.

Thursday, July 30

Friday, July 31

Probable case is a female in her 20s.

Saturday, Aug 1

Sunday, Aug 2

Positive case is a female in her 30s

Monday, Aug 3

Positive case is a female in her 50s

Once a person tests positive, contact tracing gets underway, with identified contacts being placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 10 minutes or longer. The Marion County Health Department is working with KDHE and is monitoring the individuals placed in isolation and quarantine.

No further information about the cases will be released.

The Marion County Health Department recommends the following actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

n Stay home when sick

n Practice social distancing

n Practice thorough handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer

n wear a mask in public

The state also issued a new travel quarantine list last week. It is effective for all persons returning to or entering Kansas on the effective dates. The state will review/update this list every two weeks. A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have:

Traveled to:

n Florida on or after June 29.

n Arizona between June 17 – July 27.

n Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

n International travel to Bahrain or French Guiana July 14 – July 26.

n International travel on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil. International travelers must follow CDC guidance and protocols

Others needing to continue quarantining:

n Anyone subject to a travel-related quarantine for a state or country previously on the travel-related quarantine list must complete their 14-day quarantine period.

n Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

It’s important to remember that traveling comes with risks,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary said. “We encourage those thinking about traveling to review their options, determine its necessity and if choosing to go, remember to still take precautions: wear a mask, social distance and avoid mass gatherings.”

States added to this list are determined by evaluating new cases in states over a two-week period, then adjusting for population size, giving a case per 100,000 population which can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates (approximately three times higher) are added to the list. Kansas’ rate was 223 cases per 100,000 population; whereas Florida’s is currently 717 cases per 100,000 population.

Travel quarantines do not prohibit travel through Kansas. People from these locations may still travel through Kansas. If this is done, KDHE recommends limited stops, wearing a mask at rest stops or when getting gas and being six feet from others when doing so. If the destination is Kansas, they would be required to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.

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