Cases still on rise

The Free Press has resumed its weekly updates on local COVID-19 rates, due to the steep increase in cases. Because cases are rising, residents of Marion County need to do even more to protect themselves and others to help lower the numbers, according to medical professionals, including Marion County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Don Hodson and other health department officials, as well as state and national organizations. This means following all precautions issued by medical professionals, including the Marion County Health Department, such as wearing masks, washing hands and not going out anywhere while sick. Marion County has now had 2 total cases of COVID-19.

As of Nov. 2, the county stopped breaking the cases down by gender and age for the community, but you can find that information on the KDHE website.

As of Nov. 10, the county is also no longer sending out daily press releases due to their overload of work related to COVID-19. They are sending out Monday, Wednesday and Friday updates. You are also welcome to look at the KDHE website, but that has consistently been inaccurate over the last week.

The Marion County Health Department reports 410 total positive cases of coronavirus disease in Marion County. There are currently 87 active cases and 131 probable cases, three current hospitalization and two deaths from COVID-19.

Here are the week’s cases:

Wednesday, Nov. 18

Positive Cases: 14

Probable Cases: 6

Hospitalized cases: 2

Friday, Nov. 20

Positive Cases: 12

Probable Cases: 5

Hospitalized cases: 3

Once a person tests positive, contact tracing gets underway, with identified contacts being placed in quarantine. A close contact is defined as being within six feet of an infected person for 10 minutes or longer. The Marion County Health Department is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and is monitoring the individuals placed in isolation and quarantine. No further information about the cases will be released. Stay informed by visiting www.marioncoks.net, www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus, https://covid.ks.gov/, and http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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