May 14, 2020 3:56 PM

Case count in Harvey County now 14; 3 active

Posted May 14, 2020 3:56 PM

NEWTON, Kan. — The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed its 14th case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County.

The confirmed case is a man in his 40s. The man was in contact with an individual with COVID-19 in another county.

Testing was completed by a private lab. The man is in home isolation. The Health Department will regularly monitor the individual, as well as follow up on all contacts.

As of Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 7,468 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. That number does not include this new Harvey County case. Harvey County has had 14 total cases, including 10 confirmed and four probable cases. Of the 14 total cases, 11 have met recovery criteria.

The KDHE recently began including probable cases in its county case counts. At this time, the KDHE does not include two probable Harvey County cases in the State’s counts because of the KDHE’s testing standards for older tests. However, Harvey County includes them in its counts.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued the State’s guidance for reopening, “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The state is currently in the first phase of the guidance. The plan in its entirety can be found at covid.ks.gov.

The KDHE has a phone hotline available to answer questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 at 1-866-534-3463.

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May 14, 2020 3:56 PM
Baldetti: Still need more testing, but decisions closer to home would be better

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Health Department Director Nick Baldetti has not spoken to the local legislative delegation after the revelation yesterday that action is planned to limit the powers of Governor Laura Kelly as part of their work next Thursday in Topeka.

"I haven't had specific conversations with our local representatives or senator with regard to the actions or communication having come out in the last day or two," Baldetti said. "That being said, our local delegation has been very active locally in terms of local issues in response to COVID-19."

Baldetti, for his part, would like to see decisions made closer to home on COVID-19 policy.

"I think there's an application of regional data metrics that can be used to inform our decision making," Baldetti said. "I would generally advocate for a much greater leveraging of home rule and the ability of local jurisdictions to monitor their environment."

Baldetti says we're still not testing enough to rely on data points alone, but he likes that more information is coming and thinks the modeling that is happening is getting better.

"We are getting to a point where we can, in some respects, begin to model, based off of the real data that we have to this point to inform moving forward," Baldetti said. "The more we get real data, the more informed our modeling out in to the future becomes."

Right now, still under 2% of Reno County residents have been tested for COVID-19.