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On October 2020, the FDA approved the antiviral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19. The drug may be used to treat adults and children ages 12 and older and weighing at least 88 pounds, who have been hospitalized for COVID-19. Clinical trials suggest that in these patients, remdesivir may modestly speed up recovery time.
Most people with mild COVID-19 illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever medications. However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.
If you experience a medical emergency such as trouble breathing, call 911 and let the operator know you may have COVID-19. Never take a prescription medicine or drug if it is not prescribed for you by your doctor for your health condition.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
No, only the person who had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine.
You should stay away from the person in quarantine as much as possible, and avoid sharing sleeping quarters and bathrooms.
If symptoms develop, seek medical attention and follow the recommendations of your doctor.
The CDC has guidelines for caring for someone who has the Coronavirus.
An individual, or group of individuals, isolated or quarantined may request a hearing in district court contesting the isolation or quarantine BUT this will not stay or enjoin an isolation or quarantine order. Upon receipt of a request, the court shall conduct a hearing within 72 hours after receipt of the request. While the district courts are currently closed, the Chief Justice’s order has made provisions for the filing and hearing of these appeals. See K.S.A. 65-129c.
KDHE says close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms, if any of the following situations occurred:
Anyone who has close contact with a positive patient must complete a 10 day quarantine period beginning after their last contact.
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, are required to quarantine for 10 days after the last close contact, which in most circumstances means 10 days after the patient has recovered. A person whose spouse or roommate tests positive may have to quarantine for a total of 20 days or more.
A few hours to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).
If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with simple disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.
10 days is the required quarantine time, adopted as of December 10, 2020.
Patients may end their quarantine period after day 10 if they do not develop symptoms.
A person who has had close contact with a positive patient is required to quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts are those exposed to a person with COVID-19, even if that person didn’t have symptoms, if any of the following situations occurred:
Household contacts, or people who live with someone who tested positive, must be quarantined for 10 days after the case has been released from home isolation (because exposure is considered ongoing within the house).
This graphic explains the differences in symptoms.
The Riley County Police Department Dispatchers are here to serve you around the clock. They are the critical bridge between the public and medical assistance that could save a life.
Help us ensure they can get help to the people who need it most by only calling 911 for emergencies.
Apple and the CDC, together with the White House and FEMA, launched a new website with a COVID-19 screening tool to help people protect their health. This tool can help you understand what to do next about COVID-19.
Let’s all look out for each other by knowing our status, trying not to infect others, and reserving care for those in need.
A question and answer hotline for general questions about the coronavirus response in Riley County is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Q&A hotline number is 785-587-4526. The phone line is not staffed and will allow you to leave a voicemail. You call will be returned as soon as possible. Please be patient, we are receiving a high volume of calls and emails at this time and will do our best to respond quickly.
A screening hotline staffed by medical personnel is available every day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to provide guidance for anyone who has symptoms. The screening hotline number is 785-323-6400.
Masks or face coverings must be worn in any public space in Riley County as of November 24, 2020, per the details of Local Health Order No. 19
A “public space” means any indoor or outdoor space or area that is open to the public; this does not include private residential property or private offices or workspaces that are not open to customers or public visitors. Masks are not required in outdoor public spaces if a distance of 6 ft can be maintained.
A “mask or other face covering” means a covering of the nose and mouth that is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears, or is simply wrapped around the lower face.
Read the complete text of Local Health Order No. 19 on the Riley County website at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=2804
Find more information from CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html
An outbreak is defined as five or more cases that are linked epidemiologically with respect to person, place, and time. In other words, the five patients shared close contacts and location, and have symptom onsets within 14 calendar days of each other.