Mac County Health Dept. shares COVID-19 update

Special to The Sentinel

COVID-19 data in McPherson County can be found on the home page of mcphersoncountyks.us, under “McPherson County COVID-19 Dashboard.” This data will continue to be updated Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.

Next week, the McPherson County Health Department is due to review reopening plans and recommendations for the county. The department is considering McPherson County’s population vaccinated rate, current trends with COVID-19 infection locally, statewide and nationally, and is consulting with local healthcare partners in order to decide what the next step is in the fight against COVID-19.

MCHD recommends McPherson County practice Phase 3 Reopening Plans, which limits gatherings to 45 individuals when a six-foot distance is not maintained. More information on Phase 3 plans can be found on the McPherson County website, mcphersoncountyks.us.

At this time, McPherson County is vaccinating anyone 16 years old and above for COVID-19. You may call MCHD at 620-241-1753, your local healthcare provider, or your pharmacy for an appointment. You may also search for locations using vaccinefinder.org.

If you are exposed to someone with suspect or confirmed COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine if you meet ALL of the following points:

  • If you have been fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine for at least 2 weeks
  • If you are within 6 months of receiving your last dose in the vaccine series
  • If you are not having any symptoms since the identified COVID-19 exposure

If you do not meet ALL of the above points, you should follow normal quarantine guidance, which includes a 10- day quarantine from the date of exposure.

Vaccinated inpatients and residents in healthcare settings/long term care facilities are exempt from this fully vaccinated exemption due to unknown vaccine effectiveness in this population, the higher risk of severe disease and death, and challenges with distancing in these settings.