Cherokee County confirms first case of COVID-19

CHEROKEE COUNTY, Kan. – The Cherokee County Health Department confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county late Wednesday night.

The 52-year-old male is currently quarantined and has not been hospitalized.

In a press release, the health department says they have been in contact with the man and are working to identify any others he may have been in contact with.

They are continuing to urge resident to stay home if at all possible for the next two weeks, as well as wash their hands with soap and warm water and refrain from toughing their faces.

If staying home isn’t possible, they are encouraging residents to avoid large groups of people and avoid being within six feet of someone for a period longer than ten minutes.

The Health Department says if residents start experiencing symptoms, such as a fever greater than 100.4 degrees, a cough and shortness of breath, they should call their medical provider before going in person, so they can make preparations for their arrival.

We are working to gather more information from the health department.