Clay County reports first COVID-19 death


The Clay County Health Department is reporting its first coronavirus-related death.

The patient, a 70-year-old woman who contracted the disease out of state died Saturday. She’s one of 120 deaths attributed to the disease in Kansas. At least one Clay County contact of hers was identified and remains in quarantine at home until April 28.

KDHE has released guidelines ( for quarantine and isolation of travelers who visited locations in the United States where large numbers of people have contracted the disease.  Guidelines for possible contact exposure to the disease are also on that website.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Do no visit in-person prior to receiving confirmation from that healthcare provider. Please adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Avoid non-essential trips and stay home to the extent you can.
  • Follow all recommendations regarding self-quarantine
  • Avoid large gatherings (groups of more than 10)
  • If you do need to go out in public, ensure you maintain six feet distance from other people.

Clay County has had four total positive cases of the coronavirus.


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