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Health Precautions Still Necessary as COVID-19 Testing Continues

Joe Denoyer - June 25, 2020 8:12 pm

With increasing numbers of positive tests in recent days, the Seward County Emergency Operations Center wants to remind people of the safety precautions necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Social Distancing is the most valuable tool for slowing the spread. When possible, keep six feet between yourself and anyone you interact with outside of your immediate family. If you do plan to spend time with other friends or family, try to do that outside, as the circulation of air helps distribute germs more rapidly and cuts down on the potential sharing of those germs.

Masks are proven to protect both the person wearing the mask and those who come in contact with that person. All individuals—apart from very young children or those whose unique health concerns prohibit them from wearing one—are encouraged to wear a mask in public.

Local testing is still available at Southwest Medical Center, Xpress Wellness, and the Seward County Health Department. If you are symptomatic and need to be tested, contact one of these places.

If you tested positive and have been placed in isolation or if you are called because you were in contact with someone who has tested positive, it is critical that you remain in isolation or quarantine for the duration of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines. If you ignore those guidelines and return to the public before then, you risk being an asymptomatic carrier and spreading the disease.

Non-Congregate housing is still available for positive patients in isolation or quarantined individuals. If you have tested positive or have been quarantined because you were in contact with someone who tested positive, contact the Seward County Health Department (620-626-3369) if you would like access to the non-congregate housing to protect yourself or your family/roommates.

Continue to use good personal hygiene habits: wash your hands with soap and water as much as you can, cover your coughs or sneeze, stay home if you are sick.


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