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CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County's shipment of personal protective equipment 'enough to get us started' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention graphic

Lyon County has personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile to help healthcare staffers battle coronavirus.


It's not the amount requested, but Lyon County Emergency Management Director Jarrod Fell says "it's enough to get us started."

Lyon County received two pallets of gowns, face shields and a variety of masks. Fell says the county received about 90 percent of its request based on population.

Fell and Lyon County Health Officer Renee Hively updated listeners on the county's situation during KVOE's Newsmaker segment Monday. Hively says the Flint Hills Community Health Center is "good for now" on PPE, not knowing how heavy the patient load will be over the rest of this month.

Separately, Hively urged residents to continue following social distance guidelines as the weather warms up.

 

So far, Lyon County has 24 confirmed cases and five presumed positive cases.

Hively says the investigative process can be lengthy whenever the county announces a positive case. Staffers will make phone calls or stop by a person's home to get additional information. Lyon County has added two workers to check in with confirmed COVID-19 patients to get a better sense of when they can leave isolation, which has to go for at least seven days -- and could go longer -- after a diagnosis.

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