KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Johnson County stays the one county in Kansas that the state’s Division of Well being and Setting has declared is experiencing group unfold of COVID-19.
“We is perhaps 300 to 400 instances by the tip of this month,” KDHE Director Dr. Lee Norman stated. “That is a fairly sharp uptick.”
He likened the COVID-19 epidemiological curve to a Nike swoosh, noting that Kansas instances are nonetheless on the upswing and the variety of confirmed instances may speed up this week.
Norman stated that social distancing stays one of the best ways to flatten that curve, which is why he’s “fairly snug” that closing Kansas colleges will assist scale back COVID-19 transmission.
After working precariously low on exams final week, Norman stated a cargo from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention helped ease that concern.
“We acquired one other cargo in over the weekend,” Norman stated.
Kansas obtained 500 exams from the CDC on Saturday and state analysis labs additionally supplied one other 200 testing kits.
With personal labs now in a position to assist offset a number of the testing burden, Norman stated testing standards for the KDHE lab will change.
The state lab will deal with well being care staff and first responders with COVID-19 signs to assist hold these employee populations secure.
Moreover, the state lab plans to prioritize clusters of respiratory sickness.
That can be very true when the affected person inhabitants consists of sufferers 60 years or older, notably if there are potential outbreaks in nursing properties or different long-term care services in addition to in hospitals.
Precedence for state lab testing additionally can be given to people who’ve underlying situations, who would require specialised care in the event that they contract COVID-19.
All specimens despatched to the KDHE previous to Monday will nonetheless be examined on the state lab, however well being care suppliers are requested to ship future specimens for testing to business labs.
“KDHE has been involved with the CDC, FEMA, producers and distributors of the testing provides and reagents to search out ones our laboratory must run the specimens collected for COVID-19 testing,” Norman stated in an announcement. “We’re doing every thing in our energy to get provides for our state. We’re focusing testing in our lab on greater threat people right now.”
Sufferers who’ve COVID-19 signs, together with a fever of at the very least 100.4 levels, a cough or different respiratory points, and shortness of breath however usually are not a excessive precedence for testing can be instructed to self-ioslate for seven days from the onset of signs or 72 hours after the fever is gone with out medicine, whichever is longer.
Norman careworn that Kansas shouldn’t be seeing the fast doubling of instances another states are seeing and famous that predicting the variety of instances anticipated is turning into simpler now that the state has greater than 50 confirmed COVID-19 sufferers.
Throughout the press convention, Norman stated he’s assembly with well being leaders Monday in Kansas Metropolis to debate COVID-19 affected person projections and techniques for guaranteeing an ample variety of hospital beds can be found.
VA hospitals and ambulatory surgical facilities could also be tailored as COVID-19 care facilities, if the necessity turns into nice sufficient.
“That is on a really quick observe,” Norman stated.
Well being care suppliers within the Kansas Metropolis space have already got decreased or eradicated elective procedures to make sure hospital beds stay free.
“We’d a lot choose to make use of present well being care services, as a result of they’ve gases and different issues and are arrange for that,” Norman stated.