March 22, 2020

Public Health Announces First Positive Tests

Emporia, Kansas March 22, 2020. Lyon County Public Health announces our first two positive cases of COVID-19 since testing started Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  The patients have been informed and asked to stay in isolation until guidelines have been fulfilled to be released.  An investigation is currently underway and known contacts to these cases will be notified by public health staff.

“Working together, each one of us has an opportunity to minimize the spread of disease”, stated Renee Hively, Lyon County Health Officer. Everyone should continue using protective measures which include social distancing (no closer than 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes), washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth when you cough, avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes and stay home when you are sick.

At this time Lyon County Public Health recommends staying home and canceling non-essential travel to limit the spread of COVID-19.  “Please take this seriously. This is about saving lives.” stated Lyon County Public Health Nurse Melissa Smith.

If you would like more information about this topic, contact KDHE at (866) 534-3463 or the Lyon County Public Health Department at 620-208-3741.