Clay County, KS- On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the first known death of COVID-19 in Clay County, KS. The patient was a 70-year-old female that was known to have contracted the disease out of state. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends.
This marks the first death caused by the novel coronavirus in a Clay County resident. Contact investigations were conducted by Clay County Health Department Staff and one Clay County contact was identified. That person will remain in quarantine at home until April 28, 2020.
KDHE has released guidelines (http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Center.htm for quarantine and isolation of travelers who visited locations in the United States where large numbers of people have contracted the disease. Guidelines for possible contact exposure to the disease are also on that website.
If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Do no visit in-person prior to receiving confirmation from that healthcare provider. Please adhere to the following recommendations:
- Avoid non-essential trips and stay home to the extent you can.
- Follow all recommendations regarding self-quarantine
- Avoid large gatherings (groups of more than 10)
- If you do need to go out in public, ensure you maintain six feet distance from other people.
The Clay County Health Department has worked closely on these decisions with numerous community partners, including Clay County Government, Clay County Emergency Management, Clay County Medical Center, USD #379 School district, and other local partners.
For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the Clay County Health Department at 785-632-3193 or email email@example.com.