Harvey County Health Department confirms COVID-19 death
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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed the death of a Harvey County resident attributed to COVID-19.
The victim was a woman in her 50s. This is the fourth death of a Harvey County resident with COVID-19, and the first announced since July 14.
Additionally, the health department has confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. None is associated with a cluster of COVID-19 cases announced Monday at Bethel College. The confirmed cases include:
• A woman in her 40s. She is a close contact of a known active case.
• A woman in her 20s. She had known out-of-state travel.
• A woman in her 20s. She is a close contact of a known active case.
• A woman in her 20s. She is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.
• A girl between 10 and 19 years old. Her source of exposure is unknown.
• A girl between 10 and 19 years old. This case is under investigation.
• A girl under 10 years old. Her source of exposure is unknown.
• A man in his 20s. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.
• A man in his 20s. His source of exposure is unknown.
According to the health department, all of these individuals are in home isolation. The health department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.
Harvey County has had 257 COVID-19 cases to date, including 251 confirmed and six probable cases — 32 of the confirmed cases were previously announced in a cluster at Bethel College. Of the remaining previously announced cases, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will classify individuals able to isolate at their permanent out-of-county home residences in the case count of their respective counties. These cases will still be reflected in the active cluster total.
There are 48 known active cases in Harvey County. Three individuals remain hospitalized.
There have been 4,118 tests for the coronavirus conducted in Harvey County.