County reports first virus case

Allen County resident has been out of state; no increased risk to locals



May 22, 2020 - 1:56 PM

Technically, Allen County confirmed its first COVID-19 case Thursday, even though the person hasn’t been in the state for about three months and there is no risk to local residents, according to a press release from the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments.

Positive tests are counted in the individual’s place of residence, regardless of where that person was tested or their location at the time of illness.

In this case, the individual works out of state and will remain in isolation in the other state. The state was not identified.

“For this reason, there is no risk to our residents. The investigation is complete,” the press release said.

Kansas has reported 8,539 positive cases, with 178 deaths and 62,664 negative cases as of Thursday morning, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Allen County has tested 216 residents, a rate of 17.5 per 1,000 residents.

The Allen County Public Health Department urges the public to continue to take appropriate actions. Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth).

If you have symptoms, call before going to a clinic, hospital, emergency room or health department. 

If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, call 911.

For more information, call the SEK Multi-County Health Department in Iola at (620)365-2191 or the COVID-19 Hotline: (866)534-3463 or go to .

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