Johnson County monitors for coronavirus; no confirmed cases

Posted at 5:39 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 18:39:49-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County, Kansas, has no confirmed cases of coronavirus but is monitoring those who have recently traveled to countries where “widespread transmission” is occurring.

“Travelers are monitored for symptoms for 14 days after they arrive into the United States,” a news release stated. “Travelers are asked to self-quarantine and report symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath to the health department.”

The number of travelers being monitored “fluctuates daily,” according to the release.

To be considered a “person under investigation,” the release stated, a patient must meet the following criteria :

  • Traveled to countries where there is “widespread transmission” (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan) and fever and respiratory symptoms within 14 days of symptom onset.
  • Had close contact (about 6 feet) with someone who is confirmed to have coronavirus, as well as fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • "Fever and severe acute lower respiratory illness requiring hospitalization without another diagnosis.”

Family, friends and colleagues of people who do not have symptoms do not need to self-quarantine “and pose no risk to the community,” according to the release.
In Kansas City, Missouri, the health department is monitoring less than 10 people who are in self-isolation.