Labette County Health Department Administrator Lisa Stivers announced Tuesday morning that Labette County has its first positive COVID-19 case.

The patient is a 61-year-old man and he is recovering. Stivers said she was told about the positive test Tuesday morning. No further information was released about the patient.

In a release, Stivers said the health department is working to identify and contact people who may have come into contact with the individual while he was infectious and will monitor them for symptoms.

The health department continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as well as other Labette County agencies to manage the situation.

Stivers also reminded residents about Gov. Laura Kelly's stay home order effective through April 19.

"Social distancing and staying at home are extremely important in slowing the spread of COVID-19 so as not to overwhelm our medical system," Stivers wrote in the release. "A good rule is that if you don't live with them, don't visit them right now. Residents are urged to wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their face and stay home if you are experiencing illness that does not require a doctor's visit. If your illness is severe enough to require medical care, call ahead to inform your provider or medical facility so they can be prepared for you to minimize spread."

Charlie Morse, Labette County Emergency Management director, said Tuesday morning that he would ask Labette County commissioners this afternoon for a disaster declaration. Commissioners will meet at 1 p.m. at the courthouse in Oswego.

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