Miami County Health Department

Miami County Health Department

Two Miami County residents have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), adding Miami County to the growing list of Kansas regions touched by the virus.

The Miami County Health Department made the announcement in a news release Saturday, April 4.

One is a person in their 70s who had recent contact with a positive COVID-19 case while visiting an individual in another state. The other is a person in their 60s, and the nature of that exposure is still under investigation at this time, according to the release.

County health officials said both individuals are appropriately isolated, and the Miami County Health Department announced later Saturday that all close contacts for both individuals have been identified and spoken to as of 4 p.m.

“We strongly encourage the public to continue to take appropriate precautions,” Health Director Rita McKoon said. “Everyone should practice appropriate hand hygiene, distancing measures, limiting person-to-person interaction, and most importantly, staying informed with the most up-to-date and accurate information.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms are encouraged to call their healthcare provider or an urgent care clinic first to determine if testing is needed at this time, according to the release.

There have been 900 confirmed positive cases and 27 COVID-19 deaths in Kansas, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s daily update posted Tuesday, April 7. There also have been 8,614 negative tests.

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