Labette County gained three more cases of COVID-19 this week.
Labette County Health Department Administrator Lisa Stivers said Friday the three cases are all residents of Chetopa Manor, the site of an outbreak of the virus. The Manor now accounts for 29 of the county’s 56 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March.
Residents and staff at the Manor who previously tested negative for the virus are retested weekly, Stivers said. Of the 29 cases at the Manor, 18 are residents and 11 are staff. The outbreak was announced a week ago today (June 20).
The first case was a 17-year-old employee at the Manor, who now is out of isolation. Her case was announced June 18. On June 20, the Health Department announced the outbreak at the Manor and provided numbers for the outbreak on June 21, 15 residents and 10 staff.
The Manor has followed safety precautions to prevent viral spread, Stivers said. She said the three new cases could be from a longer incubation period for the virus to appear in the three individuals. The incubation period is two to 14 days for COVID-19, she said.
The Labette Health clinic in Chetopa is offering COVID-19 testing. Stivers said drive-thru testing, as has happened in Crawford County after the outbreak at the Frontenac food processing facility, Sugar Creek, has been discussed for Chetopa but “nothing has been set in concrete.”
Stivers announced the three new cases late Thursday afternoon. Thursday evening, the Sun received information from Charlie Morse, the county’s Emergency Management director, that the Manor only had three positive cases of COVID-19, based on retesting, no longer the 29. The Sun published an online story based on this information but deleted the story later after learning the information it was based on was incorrect and the result of a misunderstanding.
Stivers and the Health Department did not provide information for that online story. And the equipment and methodology used by Cytocheck, the local lab that tests samples, are rigorous and detect the virus if it’s in the sample.