Harvey County reports new COVID-19 cases

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com

Harvey County reported seven new cases of COVID-19 infections since July 25.

There now have been 140 cases diagnosed in the county since the pandemic began, including 134 confirmed and six probable cases. There are 20 known active cases in Harvey County. One individual remains hospitalized.

There have been 3,130 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.

The county was identified as a community spread county on July 10. Community spread means individuals have been infected with COVID-19 in the area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

A county face covering order was put in place July 14.

The most recent confirmed cases include:

• A man in his 50s. He is in home isolation. His source of exposure is unknown.

• A man in his 30s. He is in home isolation. He had known out-of-state travel.

• A woman in her 50s. This case is under investigation. She has already met recovery criteria.

• A man in his 20s. This case is under investigation.

• A man between 10 and 19 years old. This case is under investigation.

The health department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

Probable cases include:

• A man in his 20s. His source of exposure is unknown. He has already met recovery criteria.

• A man in his 20s. His source of exposure is unknown. He has already met recovery criteria.

Those cases were determined probable by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment because they were positive in antigen testing, as well as displaying symptoms, but did not receive nasal swab molecular testing to confirm evidence of SARS-CoV-2. The individuals were tested at an out-of-county provider.

The KDHE classifies positive — or confirmed — cases as those that meet laboratory evidence through nasal swab testing of a SARS-CoV-2 infection.