Second positive COVID-19 case in Marion County

The second positive case of COVID-19 has been identified in Marion County today.

According to the Marion County Health Department, the case involves a male between the ages of 45-54. They are identifying and contacting those individuals whom were exposed. They will be monitoring contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

According to Diedre Serene, RN, MSN, Marion County Health Officer, “The Marion County Health Department continues to follow established disease investigation protocols.”

On March 16, the Health Department declared declared a COVID 19 Public Health Emergency.  This emergency declaration enabled them to respond proactively and put in requests to assist with meeting provider needs.

The Health Department encourages county residents to continue to practice good hygiene techniques, such as hand washing, coughing or sneezing into an elbow or a tissue and reducing physical interactions. It is important to practice social distancing, staying at least six feet from others and, if you are within six feet, limit time to no more than 10 minutes.

Please remember those that feel ill should stay home and contact their medical provider to discuss symptoms which include a cough, tightness of chest or trouble breathing and fever of 100.4 or higher. Please do not just show up at your providers office but call first. If you are experiencing difficulty breathing contact 911.

As stated many times before, this is a rapidly changing situation. Governor Kelly’s Stay At Home Order is in effect until April 19. This is subject to change.

Marion County residents can stay informed by visiting www.marioncoks.net, www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.