First three casesof COVID-19 confirmed

A lot has changed in Marion County in just a week. We went from being one of the last few counties with no positive cases to having three positive cases of COVID-19 as of press time.

On Thursday, April 2, a press release went out from the health department notifying the public that the first positive case of COVID-19 had been identified. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratories identified the positive case.

According to the health department, the case involved “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.

Many wanted to know which town the case was in, but the health department would only release the gender and age.

“I know everyone has had a discussion about the first case in Marion Case today. I ask you to continue showing our strength that has carried us through and keep up with compassion for our friends and neighbors. Do not invade their privacy by putting names on blast. Time for us to step up to that next level. We live in such a great place because of the great people,” said Marion County Commissioner Chairman Jonah Gehring.

The next positive was identified the very next day.

According to the Marion County Health Department, the case involved a male between the ages of 45-54. They identified and contacted those individuals whom were exposed.

The third case was identified on Sunday evening. The case involved a female between the ages of 55-64.

“I cannot stress the importance of social distancing and infection control measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Diedre Serene, Marion County Health Department Administrator.

The Marion County Officials continue to collaborate daily with state and local partners to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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