Marshall County Health Department reported a second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the county Monday.

According to the health department, the case is unrelated to the first case, which was announced last Wednesday, June 24.

There are currently nine COVID-19 tests pending in the county. Health department nurse Sue Rhodes told county commissioners on Monday that her staff is doing contact tracing and is monitoring 35 people in the county who might have been exposed to coronavirus.

She said a resident of Riley County had recently tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Marshall County for Father’s Day, possibly exposing family members to the virus.

To prevent the spread of coronavirus, Kansans will be required to wear a mask in public spaces beginning Friday, July 3.

“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Gov. Laura Kelly said in her press release Monday announcing that masks will be mandatory in public places starting later in the week. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.”

According to the press release, the Kansas attorney general’s office will work closely with officials in Kelly’s administration to ensure that her executive order on masks complies with Kansas law.