Lyon County Public Health

Special to The Gazette

Lyon County Public Health is urging the community to be vigilant as Lyon County, and the state of Kansas, are experiencing an exponential increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.

According to a written release, Lyon County’s active cases doubled over the first week of January and this trend will continue for the next several weeks.

“We are expecting to have more active cases than any other point in the pandemic,” said Justin Ogleby of Lyon County Public Health.

Due to the rampant community spread of COVID-19, in many cases an exact source of infection cannot be identified. Evidence in Lyon County shows that many cases may be the result of acquiring infections during small and large social gatherings. Variant testing shows that the Delta variant, which can cause more severe illness than Omicron, is still contributing to this surge in cases.

Public health officials say the recent surge in cases has diminished the ability of Lyon County Public Health to notify newly diagnosed individuals and their close contacts in a timely matter.

“Public health staff will now only be attempting to contact positive cases,” the release stated. “With the overwhelming number of new cases, not every positive case will be contacted.

“Suspected COVID-19 positive individuals should notify their close contacts themselves. People who have been notified that they are a close contact of someone who is positive with the disease need to quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 additional days.”

Please visit https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/quarantine-guidelines for complete quarantine guidelines.

Individuals who are waiting on the results of a COVID-19 test or are notified of a positive COVID-19 test should take the following steps:

Monitor your health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Remember, symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to COVID-19 and can include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

If you have severe symptoms, immediately call your primary care provider and follow their instructions. If your situation is life threatening, call 911. DO NOT GO TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE OR THE EMERGENCY ROOM unless you are instructed to. ALWAYS CALL AHEAD.

If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19, such as older adults and people with other medical conditions. Isolation should last five days from the date when symptoms appear and wear a mask for five additional days.

Make a list of everyone that you have had as a close contact. A close contact is anyone that has been within six feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes, regardless of mask use, from two days before the infected person experienced symptoms, or if asymptomatic, two days before the date the test was performed. Contact each individual and tell them that they have been exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

If you believe that you meet the isolation release guidelines and need documentation for work, please call Lyon County Public Health at 620-208-3741 to be released.

What can people do to protect themselves and stop the spread of COVID-19?

Get vaccinated, and a booster shot if eligible, against COVID-19

Physically distance at least six feet from people with whom you don’t live with.

Wear a cloth face mask, unless unable to wear one for medical reasons.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.

Limit gatherings indoors with people outside of your household.

Cooperate with public health officials if you have tested positive or are a close contact.

Since vaccines became available, those who are vaccinated have been far less likely to be hospitalized with severe COVID-19 than those who are unvaccinated. During this current wave, vaccinated patients are more likely to experience milder disease. The vast majority of patients who require intensive care are unvaccinated or have severely compromised immune systems.

Additional information can be found at publichealth.lyoncounty.org

(12) comments

cyberspace

A big concern should be that the primary strain being identified currently is Delta. That means omicron is on the way. And omicron spreads like wildfire. These are potent viruses, historic in their virulence and transmission. Unless we begin implementing mitigation measures recommended by our Public Health professionals now, we are inviting disaster. For a fact, people infected and sick with covid who need oxygen therapy, are being sent home for the ER on home oxygen because there are no beds to admit them to. A co-worker recently lost her husband to covid just a few days ago, right here in our hometown. There was no place to transfer him to for a higher level of care. We must stop pandering to people who have no compassion and don't understand fact and logic, and implement, at the very least, a mask mandate in all public places and limit capacities. I hope it is a wrong guess, but I am guessing we will see a further surge in about 2 weeks from omicron.

Aim_High

The latest Republican miracle cure for covid is... urine? “The antidote that we have seen now, and we have tons and tons of research, is urine therapy. OK, and I know to a lot of you this sounds crazy, but guys, God’s given us everything we need.” said anti-vax leader Chris Key.

Urine therapy, also known as “urotherapy,” is the alternative medicine practice of ingesting or applying one’s own urine. This is early treatment everyone can access at home without a prescription, and you can drink it as early as you want. Some say it's even more effective than ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine, but from a scientific standpoint the evidence says they all fight covid equally. The best part is urine therapy is free... take that Big Pharma!

Catherine

We need to go remote on schools and the university just for a few weeks until this wave passes. We also need to limit gatherings. The hospital is already overburdened & that will cause needless deaths (including non covid related emergencies). Please advocate for doing these types of mitigation—masks alone won’t be enough with this rate of spread. And btw please wear N95, KN95, or KF94 masks for the best protection. They are more comfortable and breathable than cloth/surgical bc they don’t collapse against your mouth when breathing in.

Vmae39

Kids need to stay in school!!!!

CaptainKerfuffle

And how are they going to stay in school when there isn't enough teachers to teach them?

cyberspace

Child hospitalization rates are on the rise! Why risk a child's health, if you don't have to? Why? Because then, schools can't baby sit your children! I realize that it's an inconvience, but all we've been doing with our lack of Reason is creating new strains of the virus! And many students, have younger siblings, under age 5, that can't be vaccinated! Let's let students bring coronavirus to these toddlers! We have done a piss poor job in the country of containing this deadly virus from the start. That does not mean, it's too late to implement the measures we should have all along!

Rationa1

I'm not convinced that Vmae cares about the health of children, or their younger siblings. Or the older generations that also live in the childrens' homes. Vmae also has nothing to worry about: last year, the Legislature made sure schools would stay open for in-person classes regardless of how bad the pandemic gets.

cyberspace

Agree. Good advice on the masks.

Aim_High

Not every positive person will be contacted!?! They should at least robo-call all those positives so they at least know...

Vmae39

“Call your primary care doctor?” Primary care doctors don’t want to see any covid positive patients!! That is why ER is being over populated. Primary care doctors should prescribe early treatment instead of telling patients “there is nothing I can do just go home and rest”. No early treatment then the patient gets really bad and ends up in the ER and on a ventilator. Let’s try EARLY treatment before someone gets bad!

user75

Exactly! Those that want to wear a mask wear one. Those who want vaccine and booster get one. Why are we this far into this pandemic and early treatment is so hard to get from most physicians and most hospitals? Does not make sense. Early treatment protocol prescribed by many Drs for thousands of covid patients with ivermectin and other safe fda approved drugs is working and keeping people out of hospitals and reducing deaths, is that not the goal in this?

Aim_High

Lyon County Health: "We are expecting to have more active cases than any other point in the pandemic" "we recommend that the commission implement a mask mandate and a limitation of 40% capacity at event spaces."

Lyon County Commission: "Nobody followed the mandate last time, so we're just gonna 'strongly suggest' wearing masks and force businesses to worry about public health since we're unable to do so ourselves."

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