May 18, 2020 4:38 PM

Case count in Harvey County now 15; 4 active

Posted May 18, 2020 4:38 PM

NEWTON, Kan. — The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed its 15th case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County.

The confirmed case is a woman in her 40s. The woman is in home isolation. Testing was completed by a private lab. The case remains under investigation. The Health Department will regularly monitor the individual, as well as follow up on all contacts.

As of Friday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 7,886 cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. That number does not include this new Harvey County case. Harvey County has had 15 total cases, including 11 confirmed and four probable cases. Of the 15 cases, 11 individuals 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.

The KDHE reported 61,488 people tested in the state as of Friday. There have been 494 individuals tested in Harvey County.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued the State’s guidance for reopening, “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The state began Phase 1.5 of the guidance today. 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.