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Jewell County Announces 6th & 7th COVID-19 Positive Cases

The Jewell County Health Department received notification confirming our sixth and seventh cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jewell County.

The sixth case involves a male in his 70’s and the seventh case is a male in his 30’s. Both are maintaining in home isolation and are stable at this time. Jewell County Health Department is working to identify any close contacts of the individuals and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patients will be released.

If you are concerned you were a potential close contact of a COVID positive patient, meaning you were within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes, and you have not yet been notified by the health department, please quarantine in your home and notify Jewell County Health Department.

If you develop respiratory symptoms (cough, fever of 100.4 or higher, or 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 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.

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. The increase in cases in Kansas and Jewell County demonstrates how vital it is to take necessary precautions to prevent exposure and spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation and participation in keeping yourselves, your families, and your community safe and healthy.

Jewell County residents can stay informed by visiting the Jewell County Health Department Facebook page, www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 or email C0VID-19@ks.gov. You may also contact the Jewell County Health Department at 785-378-4060.

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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