Seventh COVID-19 case confirmed in Bourbon County

Thursday, May 21, 2020

A positive COVID-19 test in Bourbon County was confirmed Wednesday morning, bringing Bourbon Countyís total case number to seven, according to a news release from the SEK Multi-County Health Departments.

The testing was confirmed through a reference laboratory that was used. The individual works in multiple counties in the health care capacity and was tested as a requirement for work. This case is symptomatic. The indivivdual is in isolation in their home. The individualís household is in quarantine in the home. Coworkers are taking necessary safety precautions. All potential contacts have been notified and the investigation is complete, the release said.

Bourbon County had seven confirmed cases prior to the new case, but one of the cases was a resident of Woodson County and living in Bourbon County. That case has since been removed from Bourbon Countyís total, according to Bourbon County Health Department Administrator Rebecca Johnson.

The Bourbon County Public Health Department urges the public to continue to take appropriate actions. Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high-touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, and avoid touching the face (especially eyes, nose and mouth.)

Individuals who have symptoms should call beore going to a clinic, hospital, ER or health department. Close contact means six feet or less for 10 minutes or more with a positive case. Individuals who are experiencing life threatening symptoms should call 911, the release said.

For more information, call the SEK-Multi-County Health Department (Bourbon County) at (620) 223-4464 between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or the COVID-19 hotline at (866) 534-3463. The public may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at, or the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook for local updates.