A 29-year-old was among those added to Marshall County’s deaths from COVID-19 as the pandemic continued to infect the local population.
A total 39 Marshall County residents have died since the pandemic began.
Sue Rhodes, director of the Marshall County Health Department, said 51 active cases were reported as of late Tuesday, with 10 pending tests.
Four people were hospitalized. One additional person was in the hospital but then moved to a rehabilitation facility Tuesday.
Community Memorial Healthcare’s Tuesday in-patient report posted to Facebook showed five patients with COVID-19. Only one of them was vaccinated.
Health department activity on Tuesday, which is the weekly COVID-19 vaccination day, was “fairly quiet,” Rhodes said.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued new guidance for the quarantine period and testing for those with the virus. This follows a new protocol issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.
Rhodes said she and her staff have not had time to review the new quarantine recommendations and will issue new guidelines soon.
The following is KDHE’s recommendation for the general population:
People with COVID-19 should stay home for five days. If there are no symptoms or symptoms are resolving after five days and a person is fever-free for 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medication, that person can leave the house. The individual should continue to wear a mask around others for the next five days.
Boosted or fully vaccinated people with Pfizer/Moderna within the last six months or Johnson & Johnson within the last two months who are close contacts of someone with confirmed COVID-19 do not have to stay home and should wear a mask around others for 10 days. If possible, individuals should get tested on day 5.
People who are unvaccinated or have completed the primary series of Pfizer/Moderna vaccine over six months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over two months ago and are not boosted who are close contacts of a person with confirmed COVID-19 should stay home for five days. After that the person should continue to wear a mask around others for five more days. If unable to quarantine, individuals must wear a mask for 10 days. If possible, they should get tested on day 5.