Wyandotte County reports second COVID-19 death

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Posted at 8:40 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-24 21:40:32-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Wyandotte County reported its second death due to COVID-19.

The patient was a man in his 70s, according to a news release. The man had been admitted to a local hospital March 16 and tested positive March 18.

"He was discharged on Friday, March 20, then later admitted to another local hospital on Sunday, where he passed away in the late evening on Monday, March 23," the release stated.

Mayor David Alvey said it is critical that residents follow the Unitied Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas' preventive measures.

A stay-at-home order is in effect through April 23.

Dr. Allen Greiner, chief medical officer for the Unified Government, said in the release that the order and social distancing are critical to "flatten the curve."

“The curve is a way to show the number of people who have the virus at any point in time," Greiner said in the release. "We need to keep that number low, so we don’t overwhelm our health care system. Without efforts to intensify social distancing, like the stay-at-home order, COVID-19 can spread very easily – it is estimated that each COVID-19 positive patient could infect between 2.6 to four additional people. If we work together to slow the spread, we can protect ourselves, our families, and our Wyandotte County community.”