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The Emporia Gazette

Lyon County Public Health and the Flint Hills Community Health Center confirmed the first case of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 in Lyon County, Friday morning.

The variant has been observed to spread more easily and quickly than other variants and has been associated with an increased risk of death.

Lyon County Public Health is increasing the quarantine period for those exposed from 10 days to 14 days. The increased quarantine period will go into effect on Monday, April 5.

“We are recommending people continue to follow public health guidelines,” saidi FHCHC Marketing Manager Justin Ogleby in a written release. “Continue to wear masks, maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, and avoid mass gatherings.”

The announcement comes as two new positives and eight recoveries were reported since Wednesday, bringing the total positives to 4,191 since March 2020. Overall, 4,063 recoveries and 83 deaths have been reported. One death was pending review from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

There are 37 active cases. One person is hospitalized.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to everyone 16 and older in Lyon County. LCPH urges people to schedule their vaccinations at https://publichealth.lyoncounty.org/covid-vaccine-dashboard or at one of the other vaccine providers in Lyon County.

“Preliminary data show that the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States should provide an adequate degree of protection against SARS-CoV-2 variants,” NIAID Director and White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a statement.

Additional information can be found at www.publichealth.lyoncounty.org

(6) comments

create

I recall a number of people who said recently that they already got their vaccinations, thank you, "and I ain't gonna wear a mask anymore." How you like the news now, jerks?

havesomehorsesense

You’re 100% correct on the ‘jerks’ part. I just don’t remember hearing any “Thank yous”? Those types usually suffer from ‘entitlement syndrome’ too.

Hsapiens42

With the better spreading variant we will likely see an upswing in the numbers of cases in the county. As science predicts and common sense understanding for those following guidelines know all to well. And our "intelligent" GOP controlled legislative council undid the mask mandate today by voting to revoke the state wide executive order issued by Gov. Kelly requiring people to wear a mask in public places. Thanks to the non-thinking republicans our case numbers will be in a new upswing.

Fremonster

I know the experts say they can tell genetically that the virus isn't man made, but it sure makes you wonder. The virus doesn't kill many of it's hosts so it has some deniability, to the wishful, as it spreads. Covid-19 seems perfectly "designed" to work with our society. The virus is able to grab us by the "ego" and kick us right in the "greed"!

Rationa1

It sounds like you don't have much faith in science, 'Monster. There's a simpler explanation: survival of the fittest. COVID-19 evolved some mutations that allow it to more efficiently thrive and survive in humans than previous SARS-CoV varieties did. This is simply the nature of evolution.

Fremonster

Actually I meant to address the basest parts of the human condition more than science and evolution.

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