COVID-19

Case Numbers for Harper County
Last Update:  01/15/2021

Total Cases:
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Case numbers include both confirmed and probable cases. A confirmed case is defined as a person who tested positive by PCR testing for COVID-19. A probable case is defined by KDHE as a)presumptive lab evidence (antigen) with COVID-19 symptoms or epi-linked to a confirmed case, or b) no lab testing with COVID-19 symptoms and epi-linked to a confirmed case. Case counts are preliminary and subject to verification.  The number of negative tests and total tests only pertain to PCR tests.  Our total case numbers will be higher than the positive tested number due to probable cases as defined above.  
Active Cases:
59
Recovered:
451
Deaths:
16
Negative Tests:
2711
Total Tests:
3092




Last updated: 01/15/2021 at 3:32 p.m. This is an increase of 15 new cases since our last update on 1/13/21.  We are investigating two clusters in our county, with new cases still being identified.  Please watch for any signs and symptoms of illness (we are seeing a wide range of symptoms from congestion, headaches, and fatigue to the more severe cough, shortness of breath, etc.)  If you are not feeling well, please stay home and contact your doctor.  We encourage everyone to continue wearing a mask, practice social distancing of 6 ft. or greater, and limit the amount of people you interact with when at all possible.  The next update will be published on 1/20/21 as our office is closed on 1/18/21.  

**COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION - We have begun to receive small shipments of COVID-19 vaccine. Initial doses are being allocated to healthcare workers, first responders, and long-term care facility residents and staff. We do not have any doses for the public at this time, but will continue to update as we receive more vaccine and are able to expand our priority groups.  There is a link to the waitlist on the home page of the Harper County Website.

 The Harper County Health Department may/will not release further information on patients. We are  tasked with notifying any contacts of the confirmed cases. We continue to recommend all people with symptoms associated with COVID-19 call their medical provider and we continue to collaborate with the health care providers in our community. 
  • Please continue to help slow the spread by...
  • Staying home if you are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently, and avoid touching your face
  • Wear a mask in public settings
  • Maximize physical distance (6 feet or more) in public settings
  • Avoid socializing with groups
  • Follow quarantine guidelines following travel or when instructed by health officials

 **Positive Cases of COVID-19 must continue to isolate for 10 days from their onset of symptoms and be fever-free for 72-hours and have a marked improvement in symptoms before returning to work, school, and normal activities.  

For Immediate Release – Effective Immediately

 December 8, 2020

 New COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines – ONLY For Contacts Without Symptoms

 ** Household contacts are still required to quarantine during and after the positive household member is released from isolation.

 7 Day Quarantine (Persons Being Tested and Having No Symptoms)

  • Must remain symptom free for duration of quarantine.
  • On or after Day 6 of exposure, the individual may get a PCR Test.  Make sure that you are getting the correct test, antigen and antibody tests are not accepted.
  • If the PCR Test is negative and you remain symptom free, you may return to normal activity on Day 8.
  • If you are still waiting for results on Day 7, you must remain in quarantine until the results are received.

10 Day Quarantine (Persons Not Testing and Having No Symptoms)

  • Must remain symptom free for duration of quarantine.
  • On Day 11, you may return to normal activities for as long as you remain symptom free.

 ** Residents in long-term care and assisted living facilities as well as offender populations in Kansas Dept. Of Correction prisons, are not eligible for shortened quarantine periods.  

 All exposed persons should monitor their symptoms for 14 days from exposure and contact their healthcare provider if symptoms develop. The disease can still develop through Day 14.

 If you are unclear about the quarantine guidelines, please contact your personal physician or the Harper County Health Department.