Second COVID-19 death in Bourbon County

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Bourbon County has recorded its second death due to COVID-19.

The Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department issued a news release Wednesday on the death.

“It is with our deepest regret that we need to announce the loss of a resident of Bourbon County, KS (elderly female) due to COVID-19. We would like to extend our sympathy to the family and friends of this individual during this difficult time and encourage the public to do the same as her family and friends mourn her loss.”

The news release states the individual had been hospitalized and the contact investigations have been completed.

“If you have not been contacted, your risk of exposure from this individual is minimal,” the release states. “The overwhelming opinion of medical professionals across the country is that we must all do our part to help reduce the spread of this virus. Even though many will only experience mild symptoms, the higher risk/elderly population and those with underlying health issues could experience more severe symptoms.

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the health department recommends that everyone stay home if they are ill, utilize social distancing, use frequent hand hygiene, cough or sneeze into the sleeve/elbow, wear a mask when applicable, and disinfect highly touched surfaces.

Residents who feel they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should call their clinic first. Residents who are experiencing life threatening symptoms should call 911.

For questions, the Bourbon County Health Department will answer calls at (620) 223-4464. Due to the volume of calls, the department is not answering messages via Facebook or Messenger.

Visit Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook or www.sekmchd for local updates regarding COVID-19.

“We appreciate everyone’s efforts to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Please continue this effort,” the release states.