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Ford County now has 84 COVID-19 cases according to KDHE; County claims KDHE numbers don’t always match

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DODGE CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – The Ford County Health Department said the county has 16 new cases of coronavirus as of Friday.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the county now has 84 total cases. The highest in southwest Kansas.

Ford County released this statement:

“The increase in cases the last few days is attributed to the health department investigation team identifying close contacts of already confirmed positive cases. We do not have evidence of community spread even though we have seen a lot of new cases recently. We have been able to identify the main sources of spread, have been in contact with them and their close contacts, ordered multiple tests and issued quarantines. Since we are identifying more contacts, we are testing more people and that will increase the amount of positive cases. Each positive case has been cooperative, following all quarantine orders and the early cases are recovering at home. If, at any time, we feel that a source of spread is a “public place,” we will work with that agency/business/entity to provide information to the public. Other counties are announcing which “public places” are sources of spread because their cases are different than ours – we don’t have any “public places” that are sources of spread. We have been able to specifically identify the original positive cases and who they were in contact with and all of those individuals have been identified, evaluated, tested and quarantined if necessary. One major note is that many individuals were not practicing social distancing and/or observing the stay-at-home order and that has contributed to more exposures to close contacts resulting in more positive cases.
Also, there are questions about the total number of cases vs. the numbers that KDHE provides in their reports. The county is reporting all positive / presumptive positive cases. KDHE is responsible for reporting on all 105 counties in Kansas so their staff cannot always add cases to the system the same time we do, so our numbers will not always match. That has to do with timing between each local health department and KDHE. This is the main reason why we are not reporting a “running total” of cases because our reports may not always match KDHE’s reports on a daily basis. So, we provide only the facts that we have in front of us at the time of each report. Even if KDHE’s numbers differ from ours, we are still investigating every single case we have in front of us.

-J.D. Gilbert, B.S., M.B.A.

The Ford County Health Department encourages everyone to continue practicing proper and efficient hand washing, staying-at-home and social distancing when having to shop for groceries and/or go to work.

The Ford County Geographic Information system (GIS) team developed the following resource to a reliable source of comprehensive factual information relating to COVID-19.

CountyConfirmed
Allen829
Anderson703
Atchison1,356
Barber333
Barton2,405
Bourbon1,151
Brown1,140
Butler6,340
Chase219
Chautauqua217
Cherokee2,032
Cheyenne327
Clark215
Clay706
Cloud917
Coffey576
Comanche151
Cowley3,092
Crawford3,927
Decatur241
Dickinson1,467
Doniphan836
Douglas7,224
Edwards233
Elk148
Ellis3,360
Ellsworth1,133
Finney5,090
Ford5,381
Franklin2,072
Geary2,441
Gove356
Graham226
Grant893
Gray528
Greeley99
Greenwood492
Hamilton195
Harper508
Harvey3,170
Haskell392
Hodgeman169
Jackson1,194
Jefferson1,425
Jewell180
Johnson44,973
Kearny527
Kingman616
Kiowa209
Labette2,295
Lane114
Leavenworth5,666
Lincoln236
Linn642
Logan283
Lyon3,679
Marion847
Marshall859
McPherson2,722
Meade442
Miami2,209
Mitchell515
Montgomery2,750
Morris450
Morton216
Nemaha1,400
Neosho1,497
Ness318
Norton1,177
Osage1,003
Osborne258
Ottawa472
Pawnee1,065
Phillips637
Pottawatomie1,345
Pratt754
Rawlins270
Reno7,605
Republic620
Rice923
Riley4,307
Rooks580
Rush391
Russell774
Saline5,161
Scott535
Sedgwick46,446
Seward3,620
Shawnee13,913
Sheridan406
Sherman556
Smith238
Stafford309
Stanton166
Stevens511
Sumner1,665
Thomas965
Trego350
Wabaunsee545
Wallace166
Washington469
Wichita209
Wilson786
Woodson166
Wyandotte17,217
Dundy, NE124
Furnas, NE389
Hitchcock, NE197
Red Willow, NE1,063
Beaver, OK347
Harper, OK376
Kay, OK4,137
Texas, OK3,214

County list updated: Jan 15, 2021
Sources:
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Oklahoma State Department of Health

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