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Labette County is up to nine positive cases for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a county health official said Wednesday.

Lisa Stivers, Labette County Health Department administrator, announced on Wednesday one new positive test for the virus, bringing the total to nine in the county. The most recent case was found in an 18-year-old man.

The other cases involve four men, ages 24, 49, 50 and 61; and four women, ages 25, 61, 66 and 67.

One of the cases is a Parsons police detective, who is recovering at home. Another police officer, who has been in isolation since feeling ill on Saturday, has tested negative for the virus. The officer is scheduled to return to work Thursday, Police Chief Robert Spinks said.

So far, all of the positive cases in Labette County remain in isolation, Stivers said.

When asked if there was a connection among the positive cases in the county through which the virus may have been shared, Stivers said most of the county’s positive cases have had contact with one other.

“There are no community concerns as far as stores, etc., but everyone needs to think like it’s here and follow guidelines as far as staying home, washing hands and not touching their face,” Stivers said.

As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Labette County Health Department will notify people who have had contact with the patients.

The Labette County Health Department strongly recommends that all residents do everything they can to “stay at home and stay safe” by following Gov. Laura Kelly’s stay at home order, Executive Order 20-16. An executive order announced Tuesday restricts religious gatherings to 10 or fewer people as the Easter holiday approaches.

As of Wednesday, Kansas had 1,046 cases of COVID-19 and 248 of those are or have been hospitalized. The virus killed 38 Kansans as of Wednesday. Also as of Wednesday, there were 9,137 negative test results.

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