The coronavirus is creeping closer to Labette County, with a positive COVID-19 case in Columbus, so a county planning committee is meeting more often to keep everyone updated on the spreading pandemic.
As of Thursday morning, 27 samples from Labette County had been tested for the coronavirus. All the ones that came back so far are negative. But Labette County citizens are coming in contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and now six people are under quarantine in the county, two of them juveniles. Labette County Health Department Administrator Lisa Stivers said four of those quarantined will be released on March 25 and the juveniles will be released on March 24. No symptoms of the disease — fever, cough and difficulty breathing — have been reported.
Statewide, 34 cases of COVID-19 have been reported as of Thursday afternoon. The Columbus case is a 52-year-old man who is quarantined and not hospitalized.
The Cherokee County Health Department has been in contact with the man, whose positive test was returned Wednesday night, and have been working to identify any recent contacts he’s had. Individuals who officials believe have been exposed will be contacted by health officials as soon as possible.