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Dear Mitchell County Residents,

The Mitchell County Health Department received notification today confirming our second positive case of COVID-19 in Mitchell County. As with our first confirmed case, we are continuing to work closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment during this time.

The case in Mitchell County is a male over 60 with a recent known exposure. The individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable. The Mitchell County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient.

If you develop respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath) or are a potential direct contact of someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your health care provider prior to arriving at the facility. Please do not arrive at the clinic or the hospital prior to calling ahead. These actions will reduce the chance of exposure to our health care providers and allow for the most efficient usage of our currently limited health care resources.

Additionally, contact the Mitchell County Health Department to report any travel or a potential exposure with a positive COVID-19 patient. We will be able to provide guidance and education based on the information provided. To contact Mitchell County Health Department, please call 785-738-5175.

Now more than ever it is important to implement social distancing, limit your risk of exposure, and do your part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. All health care providers in our community are working together so safely and efficiently address your health care needs. Thank you for your participation in keeping yourselves, your families and your communities safe and healthy.

Cortney Murrow, Administrator
Mitchell County Health Department

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