New positive COVID-19 test confirmed in Bourbon County

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A Bourbon County positive COVID-19 test was confirmed Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from the SEK Multi-County Health Departments.

The testing was confirmed through an out-of-state reference laboratory that was used on the symptomatic individual. This individual and family have been out of state nearly two weeks and will remain out of state until their isolation and quarantine time is complete. For this reason, health department officials believe there is low risk of exposure for Bourbon County residents. The Bourbon County Public Health Department is working diligently to complete the investigation, the release said.

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 is not available and avoid touching the face (especially eyes, nose and mouth.)

People who have symptoms should remember:

• To call before 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.

• Stay home if sick.

People who are experiencing life threatening symptoms are urged to call 911.

For more information, call the SEK Multi-County Health Department: Bourbon: (620)223-4464, between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, or the COVID-19 hotline, (866)534-3463.

People may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at:, or visit Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook for local updates