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Coffey County, Kansas, reports 6 COVID-19 cases at nursing, rehab facility

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 21:55:36-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coffey County, Kansas, reported six new cases of COVID-19, all of which originated at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Burlington.

The patients range in age from 39 to 90 years old, according to a news release.

The facility, according to the release, has been cooperating with the county health department.

“We know that containment of this infection is very difficult in care facilities,” Coffey County Health Department Administrator Lindsay Payer said in the release.

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary, said on Monday that KDHE did not find anything that would point to “any particular problem” with the facility’s operating procedures.

“It does make you wonder," Norman said, "but we will help them sort through that to see if there's, you know, sharing of staff or anything like that that would raise a red flag."

Norman also said that KDHE is conducting the “epidemiological work” to determine what occurred at the facility.

Kansas has reported more than 300 COVID-19 cases statewide.