Mitchell County Health Department Receives Notification of Second Positive COVID-19 Case

Mitchell County Health Department Receives Notification of Second Positive COVID-19 Case

The Mitchell County Health Department received notification Wednesday, March 25th confirming their second positive case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County.

The case is a male over 60 with recent known exposure.  The individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable.  The Mitchell County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms.  No further information will be given on the patient.

On Saturday, March 21st, Mitchell County Health Department received notification of its first positive case -- a male over 70 years of age with a recent travel history within the United States.  Mitchell County Health Department Administrator Cortney Murrow announced over the weekend the individual was maintaining in-home isolation and was stable.

Mitchell County Health Department continues to work closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment during this time.

If you develop respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, fever and shortness of breath, or are a potential direct contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, you are encouraged to contact your health care provider prior to arriving at the facility.  Do not arrive at the clinic or the hospital prior to calling ahead.  These actions will reduce the chance of exposure to health care providers and allow for the most efficient usage of currently limited health care resources.

Additionally, contact the Mitchell County Health Department to report any travel or a potential exposure with a positive COVID-19 patient.  They will be able to provide guidance and education based on the information provided.  To contact the Mitchell County Health Department, call (785) 738-5175.

The Mitchell County Health Department says now more than ever it is important to implement social distancing, limit your risk of exposure, and do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.  All health care providers in the community are working together to safely and efficiently address your health care needs.