First COVID-19 fatality reported in McPherson County

Chad Frey

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The McPherson County Health Department reported July 30 the first fatality from COVID-19 in McPherson County.

The vcitim man was in his 30s and was hospitalized on July 26 due to COVID-19 complications.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. This is a somber reminder that COVID-19 does exist in our communities and it is a disease that needs to be taken seriously,” said Shalei Shea, director of the McPherson County Health Department.

KDHE and MCHD continue to mandate a 14-day home quarantine for Kansas if you have done any of the following:

Traveled to:

o Florida on or after June 29.

o Arizona between June 17 – July 27.

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

Traveled internationally to Bahrain or French Guiana July 14 – July 26.

Traveled internationally on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health

Notice, including China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland

and Brazil. International travelers must follow CDC guidance and protocols.

McPherson County residents are encouraged to help slow the spread of coronavirus by:

Following Phase 3 of Reopening Kansas and McPherson County (

Maintaining social distancing.

Avoiding gatherings in groups greater than 45-persons.

Wearing cloth face coverings or homemade masks when in public.

Practicing cough etiquette and washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.