First positive case of COVID-19 identified in Marion County

Until this afternoon, Marion County has remained one of the last few counties to have a positive case of COVID-19. At 3:42 p.m.  today, the Marion County Health Department sent out a press release announcing the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marion County. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Laboratories identified the positive case.

According to the health department, the case involves “a female between the ages of 20-44, with travel history”.

“The Marion County Health Department has already identified and contacted those individuals whom were exposed. We will be monitoring contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released,” said Diedre Serene, Administrator.

You can find guideline on the KDHE website at http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19_Resource_Center.htm for quarantine and isolation of travelers who visited locations in the United States where large numbers of people have contracted the disease.  New locations may be added periodically so check KDHE’s website frequently if you have traveled.

According to Serene, RN, MSN, Marion County Health Officer, “The Marion County Health Department is following established disease investigation protocols.”  

While the health department does not do testing, the local health providers are collecting the specimens and sending them to either KDHE’s lab or private labs for testing. The availability of testing equipment, nationally, is at a low level, however, our community currently has kits available. Testing is done based on criteria.

Healthcare providers within Marion County have procedures and protocols in place in order to deal with COVID-19.  March 16th Marion County declared a COVID 19 Public Health Emergency. This emergency declaration enabled us to respond proactively and put in requests to assist with meeting provider needs. 

Continue to practice good handwashing and follow the stay at home order. If out, follow safe social distancing.

Anyone with symptoms should contact their health care provider.  Those symptoms include a cough, tightness of chest or trouble breathing and fever of 100.4 or higher. 

Please don’t just show up at your providers office, call first.

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing contact 911.

We will continue to keep you updated as we get more details.