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Two Lyon County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Lyon County Public Health officials announced Sunday evening.

The health department first began testing for COVID-19 on March 10.

According to a written release, the patients were 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.

Lyon County Public Health Nurse Melissa Smith told The Emporia Gazette that the two individuals were connected and had recently traveled. She could not state where in the county the individuals live, but confirmed they were in isolation.

“Both of them have been isolated since testing on Friday,” Smith said, noting that the results of the tests came back Sunday afternoon.

Smith said the health department is currently calling those who had close contact with the two individuals. She said the department has a thorough investigation, involving finding out when the patients became symptomatic —or the point at which COVID-19 is considered to be the most transmittable — as well as where they might have been, who they came into contact with and more.

“We do a very thorough contact investigation,” she said. “We don’t want to cause a public panic, but we do want to keep in mind what the definition of a ‘close contact’ is, which is within 6-feet for more than 10 minutes. So, although you are at risk at grocery stores and gas stations for some contact of the disease, it’s probably not the most common place you are going to catch this.”

At this time, Lyon County Public Health recommends staying home and canceling non-essential travel to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“I think there’s so much that we don’t really know about this disease, and there’s cases in all of the counties around us,” Smith said. “We knew it was coming, we just still want to slow those rates down.”

Avoiding unnecessary travel as well as continuing to observe social distancing and good hand hygiene is also essential in preventing the spread of the virus.

“Working together, each one of us has an opportunity to minimize the spread of disease,” Lyon County Public Health Officer Renee Hively said in the release. “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.”

For more information on COVID-19, call KDHE at 866-534-3463 or the Lyon County Public Health Department at 620-208-3741.

Follow @LyonCountyPublicHealth on Facebook for updates or for more local information and resources.

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Please cut the #$@&. We should at least know what town in Lyon County. I am a senior with underlying conditions, I want to know if it is safe to go to Walmart or other places. Or should I try and have someone else shop for me. Publishing the town is not a violation of any privacy laws.

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

Midwestern Pizza: You noticed that too! I think it has something to do with trying to attach himself to someone interesting in order to bring attention to himself. Too funny! As we know, there are those that work very hard to extinguish the opinions of others in the name of globalism/socialism, whatever it is that they are promoting. I am not falling prey to anyone's agenda!


No information about who these people are will be published and that is as it should be. People they came in contact with will be contacted. If these are a couple of spring breakers who were out being stupid and selfish, then brought their germs home, I'm going to be really upset because we've gone all this time without any cases.


Nothing official yet, but Governor said Lyon county is considering a shelter in place order.


I feel that names should be made public in order to protect others. We all know not everyone follows the quarantined protocol.


Go read up on HIPPA :)


Because that always gets results in the most reasonable of public responses to those named.

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

Imagine the difference if the people who have traveled outside the country would have been responsible enough to self-isolate themselves. This "It's all about me." attitude is the worst problem we face!


You are so ignorant. The most ignorant comments always come from those lacking education on the topic. I work on the frontlines and let me tell you something, you know nothing of these patients. Maybe they have been in self isolation and got to the point they needed medical attention; how the hell do you know what they were doing and why they went to seek out medical attention. How about you follow your own advice and self isolate yourself as well :)


First, thank you for your service. Without our medical professionals we would be in a much worse situation. Second, saying the commenter you're responding to is really lacking education on the topic (anti-vaxxer) is an understatement. Most of the misinformation, arguments, and downplaying these people are doing is for the sole purpose of making our President appear slightly better. If you try to argue, they will accuse you of making a virus a "political issue." Most of us know better than that.

You can argue with facts and give her sources, but chances are she wont respond to facts at all and will go start her misinforming in the next covid article. All we can do is leave the facts in her wake so readers have correct information.None of us are ever right 100% of the time, but most of us have can admit when we're wrong. Others just can't. ^^^


In all honesty, do you do anything other than get on here and try to argue with SnowGypsy? Lol.


Midwest... snow would have to be able to defend her nonsense to make this an argument. She is more of the type to hit and ride off on her high horse.

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

Yes, we know nothing about these patients but that they are the first positive for the corona virus in Lyon County, and that people had to be contacted that had contact with them, or at least within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes, although I thought we had been told that droplets were the main mode of transmission, which would mean that passing them briefly and having cough with droplets claim to work on the frontlines, so I shouldn't have to explain the issue with that. The thing is we do not know, this couple did not provide details like the couple in Council Grove who wanted to let people know where they had been. We are smart enough to have self-isolated, not traveled to highly infected, etc. If we had any reason to believe we might be transmitting the corona virus, we would care enough about the general population to not be out and about. My guess would be that limiting the knowledge of where they had been while infected as something to do with limiting panic! I do suggest you learn more about the modes of transmission, etc. whether you are "frontlines" or not!


Here is another example of what I'm talking about... snowgypsy finally started quoting credible websites instead of the media literally a week ago... now she is here questioning our medical professionals like she is an expert, repeating the same things the real experts have been saying the past month, like it's new information... Saaad!

The truth is snowgypsy is one of the main people here who downplayed the seriousness of this until it was too late... you can see plenty of it in her comment history ... all that time she spent downplaying this, and now she claims she was "smart enough to self isolate". She finally reads an article about how this virus spreads and is suddenly the most knowledgeable on the subject, and suggests our medical professionals "learn more about the modes of transmission." Does she really think medical staff dealing with this doesn't understand how covid is transmitted? Sheesh! My suggestion is to ignore anything she says. The chances of it being correct are too low.


The ignorance. I work the frontlines and this is what is wrong with our community. You have no idea about what these patients were doing and why they decided to seek medical attention. They may have been self isolating like you should be too, however they probably got to the point where they needed to seek medical attention. Stop making judgements without having any sense of education on the matter. Oh and self isolate yourself and stay home :)


Can we please get a list of places they have been???


I agree we should have as much info as possible some of us have to work


Trust me, if they worked at your job or had any contact with your work place you would have been notified :)

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

I think that person was more concerned about where the couple had been hoping to not have been around them, so as not to miss work due to illness, you know, like standing next to them somewhere when they coughing, etc.

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

According to the latest article, they are not going to tell. The couple from Council Grove put the information out themselves which I am sure was very much appreciated. Even though they should have been practicing self-isolation, that couple was considerate enough to let people know where they had been. This couple in Lyon County appear to be choosing not to do this and are legally protected from medical personnel revealing the information.

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