The Franklin County Health Department identified two more positive cases of COVID-19, officials announced Friday, bringing the county’s case total up to 12.
One of the new cases is a man in his 50s and is related to a previous positive case. The other individual is a woman in her 40s, and the origin of the case is still under investigation. Because of a delay in test results, this individual has already been deemed fully recovered.
As of Monday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 1,376 cases of the coronavirus statewide and 62 deaths.
Individuals in Franklin County who are thought to have had close contact with positive cases will be or have been notified by the health department. To date, Franklin County has received 171 negative test results and there are currently eight county residents under isolation orders as the health department awaits results.
“I fully believe positive case numbers are staying low in Franklin County because of the Stay at Home Order and the thorough investigations being conducted by the Health Department,” said Alan Radcliffe, emergency management director for Franklin County. “But, I do not think we are in the clear yet.
“The next 30 days are going to be crucial. We cannot get complacent because of the low number of positives we currently have in Franklin County.”
Health department officials also urged caution during and after the holiday weekend.
“With a holiday weekend upon us, please do your part to keep our numbers as low as possible,” officials said. “It is very important that residents continue to comply with the ’Stay Home’ order currently in effect statewide. For those that need to go out for necessary items, please take appropriate safety measures.
“We understand that this is a trying time for the entire community and we appreciate everyone’s efforts and cooperation as we continue to slow the spread of this virus.”