Doctor recommends masks in Sumner County

Staff Writer

WELLINGTON—Coronavirus is real and it isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

That’s the word from Dr. Shana Jarmer with Sumner County Family Care Center.

“As social distancing wanes and restrictions are loosened, the United States continues to see around 30,000 new cases daily with  cases rising in the southeastern states and the most positive tests reported in one day in Los Angeles, California this week,” she wrote in an email last week to the Wellington Daily News.

The total death toll in the United States for COVID-19 surpassed American lives lost in World War I last week and currently sits at 122,610 lives.

There have been 10 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Sumner County. Eight people have recovered, one has died and there is one active case - a man in his 60s, according to the Sumner County Health Dept. and KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

With only 10 confirmed cases in Sumner County, it is easy to feel like the virus won't affect us personally, Jarmer said. However, local public health officials report that last week ended with the most COVID-19  patients hospitalized of any week since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Wichita area.

Since Gov. Laura Kelly ended her statewide phased-in approach the week of May 23rd, the number of active cases has doubled and the positive testing percentage has more than quadrupled.

“Coronavirus is knocking on Sumner County's doorstep,” Jarmer said. “As activities restart and the fatigue of COVID sets in I'm urging the citizens of Sumner County to be vigilant.  Please continue to practice social distancing and wash your hands.  Wearing a mask is no fun but studies have shown it is effective at cutting down the transmission of COVID-19.”

Jarmer said Western countries are experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 infections compared to Asian countries because of the West's aversion to wearing masks.

“Please don't ignore symptoms of COVID-19 and just as importantly, do not neglect chronic medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes as these are risk factors for people who may experience more severe symptoms from coronavirus,” Jarmer said. “Please stay up to date on routine childhood immunizations to prevent resurgence of diseases like measles.”