Leavenworth County confirms first 2 COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 1:51 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 14:51:08-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Leavenworth County Health Department announced its first two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

According to a post on the department’s webpage, the positive cases were identified through testing at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“Leavenworth County Health Department has been preparing the community and knew the virus would present itself to our county within a matter of time,” Leavenworth County Health Officer Jamie Miller said in a statement.

The first case involved an individual in his or her 40s who had recently traveled abroad.

The second case is a woman in her 20s who had not traveled recently and, thus, had to contract the virus through local transmission.

The “Leavenworth County Health Department is working diligently to identify any close contacts of these individuals,” the department said in a release. “Those that were exposed will be contacted by the LVCOHD as soon as possible.”

Both people who tested positive for novel coronavirus “remain quarantined at their homes along with any family members at this time,” the health department said in a statement.

Good hygiene, staying informed, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions remain the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the health department.