Quarantine recommended for local residents who have traveled to Johnson County recently

SEK Multi-County Health Departments strongly recommends 14-day quarantine if you've traveled to Johnson County, other places since March 15.

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March 20, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Allen County residents who have traveled to Johnson County since March 15 are asked to quarantine themselves for 14 days, according to the latest information from the SEK Multi-County Health Departments.

The recommendation also applies to Anderson, Bourbon and Woodson counties.

There are no confirmed cases reported in Allen or the other SEK health department counties. The state has now confirmed 44 positive cases in Kansas, most of those in Johnson County.

The health department strongly recommends the quarantine for anyone who has traveled to the following places:

·       Johnson County, KS

·       California, Florida, New York and Washington state 

·       Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week prior to March 15 or after. 

·        Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.

·       Traveled internationally

·       Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case. (A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.)

The Public Health Officer is continuing to recommend that essential businesses remain open and non-essential businesses close if you are able, and/or practice social distancing.  

If you are able to stay home from work, the Public Health Officer recommends you do so. Everyone, especially school aged children, should limit contact with others and use their best judgement.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

DO NOT go to a Clinic, Hospital, ER, or Health Department without calling prior to arrival

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 OR HAVE RETURNED FROM AN AREA WITH KNOWN CASES:

  • Remain at home
  • Call your local clinic/family physician’s office for questions regarding testing or your County Health Department.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OR ARE IN RESPIRATORY DISTRESS:

  • Call your local clinic/family physician’s office OR 911, where you will receive further instructions. 

Tips:

  • Stay away from people who are ill
  • If you have a compromised immune system or are  considered a vulnerable population avoid face to face time and practice social distancing
  • Stay home if sick
  • Practice personal hygiene habits including handwashing, covering your cough, and avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth
  • For more information you may call the SEK Multi-County Health Department: Allen County: (620)365-2191 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm; Anderson County: (785)448-6559 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm; Bourbon: (620)223-4464 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm ; Woodson County: (620)625-2484 Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm OR 
  • You may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at : http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

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