- The Neosho County Health Department accused the Kansas Department of Health and Environment of directing them to not disclose the number of COVID-19 quarantines
- The claim comes just days after Neosho County confirmed their first case of COVID-19
- Kansas currently has a total of 202 cases with four deaths since confirming its first case on March 7
A post on Facebook from the Neosho County Health Department is drawing negative attention. On Friday, the NCHD made a post claiming the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has directed them to not disclose the total number of quarantined individuals to the public.
The post comes just days after Neosho County confirmed their first case of COVID-19. According to KOAM, the NCHD confirmed the case on March 24. The patient contacted the NCHD in regards to recent international travel. There were no immediate details on how long the patient was in public before contacting the NCHD, but it was reported: “they are now following the recommended CDC quarantine guidelines.”
After testing positive for COVID-19, the patient — along with people in direct contact with them — was quarantined. That much is known, but social media users are asking why the quarantined number is being hidden from the public.
The post from the NCHD read, “The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has directed that the total number of quarantine individuals in Neosho County not be released to the public.” According to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, Neosho County eas home to 16,015 people.
The decision to keep information about the outbreak private comes at a time when the people are expecting full transparency from their government. Discuss reached out to KDHE for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of this article’s release.
As of Friday, Kansas had 202 confirmed COVID-19 cases with a total of four deaths. Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the KDHE, expects Kansas to not see its peak until mid to late April. Norman believes there will be an estimated 900-1,000 cases of COVID-19. Kansas is currently testing 175 specimens a day. Norman is expecting new equipment by next week that could increase the state’s testing capabilities to 700-1,000 tests daily.
Kansas has had a slow growth of confirmed cases since confirming its first case on March 7. According to Mary Beverly, interim director of the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, the woman first experienced symptoms on March 1 and went to her doctor on March 2 or 3. Johnson County currently leads Kansas in confirmed cases with a total of 66. The cases range from 7 to 90 years of age, with 27 hospitalizations out of the 135 cases with information available.