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COVID-19 in Kansas

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COVID-19 in Kansas

From the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE):

The first case of COVID-19 in Kansas was reported on March 7, 2020. The case is a woman under the age of 50 who lives in Johnson County, KS. The woman had recently traveled to the northeastern part of the U.S. She became ill there and went to an urgent care where she tested negative for influenza. She wore a mask and returned by airplane to Kansas City. She did the right thing, self-quarantined at home and contacted her physician. She was tested Saturday, March 7, 2020 for COVID-19 and was positive. She remains at home in quarantine. Test samples will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for confirmation, but the case is being viewed as a “presumptive positive” at this time.

USD 286 will be working with the Chautauqua County Health Department.  In these cases, the Chautauqua County Health Department recommends a case-by-case evaluation, and based on that evaluation will provide the district with a specific course of action, including all communication to the public. The Chautauqua County Health Department has the responsibility to balance individual privacy rights with the health and safety interests of students, staff and community.

There will be cases where a fourteen-day self-quarantine is imposed because of the potential for exposure due to travel or other reasons. Based on guidance from the Chautauqua County Health Department, self-quarantine that is precautionary in nature is not communicated to the public. The Chautauqua County Health will direct the district on a case-by-case basis when communication to the broader community is warranted. Again, the district acts and communicates around COVID-19 based on direction from the Chautauqua County Health Department. 

Recommendations at this time, are to continue good hygiene practices which include proper hand washing, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, stay home if you are ill and avoid those who are sick. We will provide updates as necessary. 


USD 286 is currently working on a comprehensive plan to manage potential outbreaks of COVID-19. 




Additional Information:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. There are many ways to protect our immune systems: eat nutritious foods, get enough sleep, hydrate, and decrease stress. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.





These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Visit the https://www.cdc.gov/for more information concerning COVID-19.