COVID-19 Cases Increase In Cloud County With As Many As 150 Identified As Close Contacts


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With the 11th positive case of COVID-19 identified in Cloud County, the county is now considered to have community spread of the virus.

Following a positive case in Republic County, more than 150 individuals in Cloud County have been identified as close contacts. Those individuals are now under a 14-day mandatory quarantine.

The Concordia Blade-Empire reported Wednesday that several of the individuals were students at Concordia Jr./Sr. High School.

The Cloud County Health Department issued the following statement:

As many of you know Cloud County and surrounding counties have seen a rapid increase in positive tests recently that have resulted in closures and restrictions to certain activities and locations. At this time Cloud County is not instituting new county wide restrictions. However, the Cloud County Health Department stresses the importance of recognizing potential symptoms of COVID-19, staying at home if ill or your temperature is elevated, obeying quarantine orders if subject to them, and continuing to practice social distancing. Recognizing symptoms, practicing good hygiene, as well as following these guidelines will help us avoid the need for new county wide restrictions, and curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please contact your local health department if you have any questions.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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