New information on county's first confirmed COVID-19 case

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bourbon County Health Department officials reported Sunday evening a Bourbon County, resident has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The testing was confirmed Sunday afternoon through the Kansas Department Health and Environment laboratory in Topeka.

A county official said Sunday evening the resident is a 74-year old man. More information could not be released due to HIPPA requirements.

The Bourbon County Public Health Department is working diligently to investigate, identify and contact individuals who have been exposed.

A statement from the Bourbon County Health Department Tuesday states the resident who tested positive for COVID-19 had recently frequented the Fort Scott Walmart store and a local bank. These locations have been notified and are taking precautions to prevent any spread of COVID-19. The resident had also visited the Kansas City, Kan., and Independence, Kan., within the last two weeks.

This is all the information that will be released on the resident, unless other areas of contact are identified, the statement said.

The Bourbon County Health Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will continue to update the public with current information, the statement said.

The Bourbon County Public Health Department urges the public to continue to take appropriate actions. Everyone should practice good hygiene, stay informed, practice social distancing and limit in-person interactions, and avoid travel whenever possible.