Nursing home worker tests positive for COVID-19

Chad Frey
The Kansan

On Tuesday, Lynnette Redington, director of the Harvey County Health Department, announced that a new case of COVID-19 had been found in Harvey County that led to a significant testing effort.

A worker at Schowalter Villa in Hesston had tested positive for the coronavirus. That led to 90 people being tested. Announced Tuesday, results were expected back from the state lab on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Wednesday the county announced two new confirmed cases, a woman in her 40s in home isolation who was in contact with a COVID-19 patient in another county and a woman in her 50s who is in home isolation as her case is investigated.

To date, 55 cases have been identified in the county.

“We have a large number of contacts who are quarantined. ... We are constantly getting in contact with individuals in our communities,” Redington said.

As of Tuesday, none of the active cases in Harvey County was hospitalized. To date, there have been five hospitalizations in the county.

Contract tracing has been taxing the health department in the last couple of weeks, leading Redington to begin discussion of hiring extra help.

“The work in the contract tracing has increased. I will be talking to (administration) this afternoon about getting some temporary staff to assist with that,” Redington said Tuesday.

As of Wednesday, 1,910 tests had been given in Harvey County .

“That is a lower than we had the week prior. Testing capacity is still available and folks are able to get tested,” Redington said.