Workers at the Hesston AGCO manufacturing plant were notified via letter April 7 that some workers may have potentially been in contact with someone who may test positive for the coronavirus.


The company told workers that a group of employees has been asked to self-quarantine. The last date of potential contact at the facility was March 31 — seven days ago.


“AGCO takes our responsibility for the safety and well-being of our employees, partners, supplies and customers very seriously,” the letter stated. “We will continue to follow the guidance of the Harvey County Health Department, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Center for Disease Control to proven the spread of COVID-19 in our community.“


The company communicated with workers who were asked to be self-quarantined, and workers who were not affected by the exposure as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.


A close contact is defined as someone within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes.


Those in self-quarantine will remain there until a test result comes back negative, they are instructed otherwise by the Harvey County Health Department or a 14-day period ends with no symptoms.


Those asked to self-quarantine will be able to return to work April 15 if they do not exhibit symptoms of the virus.


The stats


Statewide numbers as of April 8


Total cases found statewide: 1,046


Total hospitalizations statewide: 248


Total deaths statewide: 38


Negative tests: 9,137


Harvey County


Cases diagnosed: 4


Tests performed: 64


Tests per 1,000 people: 1.86


Reno County


Cases diagnosed: 10


Tests performed: 176


Tests per 1,000 people: 2.84


Sedgwick County


Cases diagnosed: 134


Tests performed: 1,011


Tests per 1,000 people: 1.96


Butler County


Cases diagnosed: 8


Tests performed: 146


Tests per 1,000 people: 2.18


Marion County


Cases diagnosed: 3


Tests performed: 37


Tests per 1,000 people: 3.11


McPherson County


Cases diagnosed: 10


Tests performed: 114


Tests per 1,000 people: 3.11