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COVID-19: Testing; Case Counts; Positivity Rates; Reopening Plan and More!

 

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Testing

FREE Testing Event
 from July 13-15 at Homefield Sports Facility near Bannister Road and I-435 - REGISTER HERE.

For testing in Platte County, read the following before you complete the Self-Reporting Tool.

 Due to the extremely high volume of testing requests, we are not able to test asymptomatic individuals at this time. Those who need testing to return to work should contact their healthcare provider or find another resource for testing.

Sick individuals and contacts of someone with COVID-19 must complete the Self-Reporting Tool.  Please allow up to 48 hours for us to contact you to set up an appointment. Thank you for your patience.  If you have an urgent question about testing, please call (816) 587-5998, extension 'hashtag 220'.

Other Testing Sites in Missouri

Laboratory Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Platte County, Missouri
As of 7/10/20
Numbers will be updated daily at 5:00 PM

Total # of Cases in Platte County 294
Within City Limits of Kansas City * 136
Outside City Limits of Kansas City 158
* To see COVID-19 case numbers for KC residents broken down by County, please reference the KCMO Health Department.


Platte County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard 


The following table includes only cases involving Platte County residents not within the city limits of Kansas City:

COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Deaths of Platte County Residents (not in KC)
Hospitalizations
Thru July 10th, 2020 20
 Deaths (6)
 Decade of Age Gender
 1)               70's  F
 2)               50's M
 3)               80's F
 4)               70's   F
 5)               60's F
 6)               80's F

Information from Our Partners

KC Region COVID-19 Resource Hub

MISSOURI's COVID-19 Dashboard

SEMA DAILY BRIEF - Hospital utilization data is usually found between pages 6-10.

IMHE COVID-19 Projections - Missouri

IMHE COVID-19 Projections - Kansas

The Orders

Phase 2, Step 2: AMENDED ORDER ended at 11:59 PM on June 15, 2020

Phase 2, Step 3: AMENDED ORDER ended at 11:59 PM on June 30, 2020

Phase 2, Step 4: AMENDED ORDER effective at 12:01 AM on July 1, 2020


The Plan

New on May 29 (Version 0.7) - Reopening Plan for Platte County - Look here to find out what's expected of you and your business.
Compare our Plan to the PRESIDENT's PLAN
Compare our Plan to MISSOURI's PLAN

Guidance for Businesses, Organizations, etc.

All businesses are asked to create a reopening plan. Food establishments must create a reopening plan and submit it to [email protected].

Instructions for employees and customers on how to protect themselves from the virus should be posted near customer entry doors. The instructions should include a list of protective measures the business is taking as well.

When reasonably achievable, businesses and event organizers are encouraged to collect names and contact information of all people entering their facilities in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.

The following are excellent examples of safe reopening guidance from industry:


Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)

National Restaurant Association

FDA's Food Establishment Checklist

FDA's Food Establishment Best Practices Poster

#SafeReturnKC: A Guide for Responsible Re-entry to the Workplace


Check out these examples of Employers' Back-to-Workplace Guides.

Helpful Resources

Posters and Other Tools for Businesses

6 Feet Apart Sign

Advisory Group - Click here

Board of Trustees
- Click here

COVID-19 FAQs and More Information

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We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we have been receiving from the community. We hope that sharing these questions, with the answers and reference sites, would ease any uncertainty the community may have at this time. Keep checking back to PCHD’s website and social media for the most up to date information about COVID-19.


1. What are the common symptoms associated with COVID-19?

a. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The World Health Organization (WHO) also mentions symptoms including fatigue, and in some people can include muscle aches and pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

2. If I had a potential exposure, when would symptoms appear?

a. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that most people will start having symptoms 2-14 days after exposure. The WHO states that for some people, symptoms may appear as early as 1 day after exposure.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


3. I am immunocompromised. How do I protect myself?
a. The CDC states that it’s even more important for those at higher risk of contracting and/or experiencing serious complications from COVID-19 to take precautions during this pandemic. These precautions include:
• Stocking up on supplies
• Practicing social distancing (MODHSS states 6 feet away from the infected is standard)
• Practice frequent hand hygiene
• Avoid cruise travel, non-essential travel, and large group gatherings

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html#protect


4. 
I have symptoms similar to COVID-19. How do I get tested?
a. First and foremost, if you suspect you might be infected with COVID-19, you need to stay home and isolate away from others. Promptly call your Primary Care Physician and inform them of your suspicion and the symptoms you’re experiencing. This will allow them to take the necessary precautions to prevent you from infecting others in the clinic. Your PCP will decide if testing is indicated after ruling out other causes such as flu, and looking at relative risk factors (such as contact with a positive COVID-19 case and/or recent travel to a high risk area).

https://plattecountyhealth.municipalcms.com/newsview.aspx?nid=10432


5. 
I don’t have a PCP because I’m uninsured but am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. What do I do now?
a. If you are a Platte County resident, contact the PCHD at 816-587-5998 as an appointment could be arranged with the Family Healthcare Clinic. Other community options include Swope Health (816-627-2050)or Samuel Rodgers (816-499-8100)If you experience serious complications such as difficulty breathing, bluish color of the lips, confusion/difficulty to arouse, and/or persistent chest pressure, contact your local emergency department and seek care immediately.

https://www.swopehealth.org/

https://www.rodgershealth.org/


6. What are effective cleaning agents for COVID-19?
a. The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides a list of products that are effective against COVID-19 for hard surfaces. This list can be located at this link: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2For soft surfaces, the Center for Biocide Chemistries provides a list of cleaning products that can be used. Here is the link for your utilization:
https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
b. The solution for bleach mixture is as followed: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

7. Is there a cure for COVID-19?
a. There is currently no vaccine or medication specifically designed to treat COVID-19 considering its novelty. Possibilities for prevention/treatment are being actively investigated, and supportive therapies/treatments are available. 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


8. Can I donate blood?
a. The MO DHSS states it is safe to donate blood and receive blood transfusions. There are certain eligibility requirements that donors must meet before donating blood, and cannot do so if they’re unhealthy at the time of donation. COVID-19 is known to spread through respiratory droplets in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes and is not associated with blood transfusions. 

https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

9. I may have been exposed to COVID-19 per a confirmed laboratory test from someone I was near recently. What do I do now?

a. Close contacts (defined as within 6 feet of the person with the confirmed case.) to a COVID-19 confirmed case should monitor their health closely and contact their primary care provider if symptoms appear (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). It is important to practice social distancing at this time to prevent further community spread- especially if you’ve potentially been exposed. Talk to your employer about your potential exposure and how they would like you to proceed with work duties/obligations. Remember that the incubation period is 2-14 days!
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 


Links to answers to additional FAQs:


Prepare Metro KC includes a collection of COVID-19 information from local health departments throughout the Kansas City Area.

Cleaning & Disinfection instructions for COVID-19 including a list of cleaning products approved for effectiveness.

Protect Yourself by following CDC recommendations.

Travel recommendations for your specific destination.

How to Safely Care for Someone Sick with COVID-19