Sep 13, 2021 5:00 PM

Student COVID numbers increasing

Posted Sep 13, 2021 5:00 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The number of COVID cases among school-aged children is on the increase in Reno County, along with the overall case count. As of Monday afternoon, the active COVID case count in the county was 650 with a 17% positive test rate.

In August, Reno County reported 156 positive cases in individuals aged 5 to 18. September cases to date include 78 in the school-aged population. This makes up 22.1% of all cases in Reno County, while that age group only accounts for 17% of the total county population.

The Reno County Health Department continues to follow KDHE and CDC recommendations for quarantine and isolation; they have not changed. These guidelines include isolating after a positive diagnosis, quarantining if you are considered a close contact (if you are not vaccinated), washing your hands, wearing a mask, getting vaccinated if over the age of 12, socially distancing by more than 6 feet, and staying home and getting tested if you are experiencing any symptoms.

All individuals should currently be taking preventative measures such as vaccinating (ages 12+), maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping up with regular doctor appointments. Mitigation methods such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are also strongly recommended. If you are feeling ill, please get tested at a local provider or schedule on the free community site at www.gogettested.com. To view local vaccination options, go to www.findyourvaccine.org.

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