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The Labette County Health Department announced on Saturday that three more county residents tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings the county case count to four.

Labette County officials confirmed the second and third cases just before noon and the fourth case about 10 minutes later. One of the positive cases is a detective for the city of Parsons. 

The first two cases were a 67-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man, both of whom are recovering at home. The fourth case was a 25-year-old woman who is recovering at home.

A release from the health department on the first two cases said to protect the patients' rights to privacy, no other identifying information will be provided.  The fourth case announcement did not have more detail. As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Labette County Health Department will notify people who have had contact with the patients. Investigation has been initiated for both cases.

The Labette County Health Department strongly recommends that all residents and members of our communities do everything they can to “stay at home and stay safe” by following Gov. Kelly’s stay at home order, Executive Order 20-16, the health department release said.

Kansas now has 698 cases of COVID-19 and 172 of those are or have been hospitalized. The virus has killed 21 Kansans.

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