COVID-19 cases rise in county

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 220 total cases of COVID-19. There are currently 59 active cases and 69 probable cases and three current hospitalizations.

Here are the week’s cases:

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Positive case is a male in his 40s

Probable case is a female in her teens

Probable case is a female in her teens

Probable case is a female in her teens

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Probable case is a male in his teens

Probable case is a male in his 20s

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Positive case is a male in his 60s

Thursday, Oct. 29

Positive case is a female in her 60s

Positive case is a female in her 60s

Positive case is a female in her 60s

Positive case is a female in her 50s

Probable case is a male in his teens

Friday, Oct. 30

Positive case is a female in her 30s

Positive case is a male in his 50s

Positive case is a female in her 80s

Positive case is a female in her 90s

Positive case is a female in her 40s

Positive case is a female in her 20s

Positive case is a female in her 40s

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Probable case is a female in her teens

Probable case is a female in her 20s

Monday, Nov. 2

Positive cases: 25

Probable cases: 5

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.

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

•Stay home when sick

•Practice social distancing

•Practice thorough handwashing with soap and water or hand sanitizer

•Wear a mask in public

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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