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Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Nov. 25)
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(Updated Nov. 25, 2020)

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease. COVID-19 was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but has spread to dozens of countries, including the United States.

As of Nov. 25, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 147,797 COVID-19 cases in Kansas to date, including 4,921 hospitalizations and 1,503 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 799,185 COVID-19 tests.

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 1,338 total cases in the county. That includes 1,017 confirmed and 321 probable cases. The KDHE includes probable cases in its county case counts. There are 353 known active cases in Harvey County.

The Harvey County Commission voted Oct. 19 to extend a local health order requiring face masks be worn county-wide in public spaces where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. The order is in effect until rescinded, superseded or amended.

The Harvey County Commission voted Nov. 24 to implement a local health order limiting mass gatherings in Harvey County to 10 individuals. It does not limit the occupancy allowed in a facility or event if 6 feet of distance can be maintained between groups at all times. The order is in effect from Nov. 25, 2020 through Jan. 5, 2021.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person. It most commonly spreads through close contact, when people are within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19, or through respiratory droplets produced through coughs, sneezes, singing, talking or breathing. COVID-19 can sometimes be transmitted through airborne transmission. It is less commonly spread through contact with contaminated surfaces. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, clean surfaces, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. If you feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms, call your medical provider to discuss symptoms.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kansas was announced March 7 in a Johnson County resident. On March 12, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the first COVID-19-related death in Kansas, a Wyandotte County resident. The first confirmed case in Harvey County was announced March 26.

Harvey County Commission Chair Randy Hague signed a local emergency declaration March 13. An emergency declaration helps the County with resource coordination. The Commission later extended that declaration March 31 for an additional 60 days, and again on May 26 and July 20.

Harvey County facilities reopened to the public as of May 4. Additional restrictions and precautions are in place to help protect the health of visitors and staff. Face masks are required to be worn in county government facilities.