Seven new cases in Nemaha, Brown Counties
Seven new cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, have been confirmed in Nemaha and Brown Counties in the past week. This information is updated as of Monday, May 18, by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
According to Nemaha County Community Health Services (NCCHS), over the past week, Nemaha County’s positive cases have increased from one case to four cases. One of those cases in hospitalized and another one is considered recovered by NCCHS. There have been 141 negative COVID-19 tests in Nemaha County.
NCCHS Administrator Jane Sunderland said NCCHS continues to conduct contact tracing and disease investigation on positive COVID-19 cases.
“Close contacts are notified by NCCHS and then informed to quarantine for at least 14 days while monitoring for symptoms,” Sunderland said. “We want to remind the public that it is important to continue taking all the precautions to prevent community spread of the virus by maintaining a six feet social distance, wear a mask in public settings (especially when it’s difficult to social distance), wash hands frequently and stay home and not go to work if having symptoms of COVID-19.”
Dr. Christian Tramp with Sabetha Family Practice agreed saying social distancing is still important.
“As predicted, the cases are starting to occur locally after trickling in from the urban areas,” Dr. Tramp said. “Especially in light of the phased reopening plan, please continue to utilize all of the social distancing methods that we have had so much time to practice on. Also, please consider using a mask while in public. It helps to protect you and everyone around you. Remember that and infected person may be contagious days before they show symptoms and may even be contagious without symptoms at all.”
As for Brown County, in the past week, the number of positive cases has increased from one case to five cases. As of Monday, May 18, there are no hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Brown County.
If you are sick, be sure to call your local healthcare provider before arriving to their facilities. Please call for any changes in restrictions to any clinic or hospital in Nemaha or Brown Counties.
State, National Statistics
According to KDHE’s website, as of Monday, May 18, there are 84 out of 105 Kansas counties with confirmed cases. The total number of positive cases in Kansas are 8,340, up from the 7,116 positive cases reported on Monday, May 11. However, while there has been over 8,000 positive cases, nearly 59,000 tests have come back negative.
KDHE also reports there has been a total of 740 hospitalizations from COVID-19 since the virus’ onset.
As for deaths in Kansas, there have been 173 deaths, up from the 158 deaths reported just one week ago.
KDHE is not currently reporting the number of active COVID-19 cases in Kansas. However, some counties in Kansas are reporting these numbers on their County Health Department websites or Facebook pages.
To see a full list of Kansas counties with positive COVID-19 cases, visit https://govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus.
Nationally, there are a total of 1,480,349 confirmed cases in the United States, as of Monday, May 18. These positive cases have resulted in 89,407 deaths.
Be sure to stay informed with reliable information at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus, www.cdc.gov/COVID19, the NEK Multi County Health Department website at https://www.nekmulticounty.org or call Nemaha County Community Health Services at 785-284-2152.
Currently, KDHE is mandating a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have traveled to certain areas. As this information is constantly changing, please see the KDHE website — https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/225/How-to-protect-yourself-and-others — for updated mandates.
May 14, 2020: Executive Order No. 20-31
This order establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” Phase 1.5 went into effect on Monday, May 18, and continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. See full story beginning on Page 1 of this week’s Herald issue.
May 14, 2020: Executive Order No. 20-32
This order provides temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs, by expanding flexibility for Kansas employers, so they can take advantage of the existing federal programs.
The order waives a provision in the law that prohibited a contributing negative account employer — an employer that has paid more in unemployment benefits to its employees than it has contributed to its unemployment insurance account with the state — to participate in a shared work plan.
Under the federal “CARES” Act, the federal government will reimburse 100 percent of any state unemployment insurance benefits paid through a “short-time” or “shared work” unemployment program, from now to the end of 2020.