JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. — Johnson County, Kansas confirmed Tuesday that they now have ten presumptive positive cases of COVID-19.
The increase means two additional people were diagnosed since Monday’s mid-morning announcement.
On Monday officials asked bars, restaurants and more in the immediate metro are being asked to close, with some minor exceptions, for the next 15 days.
Leaders in Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County; Johnson County, Kansas and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas have agreed to the closures.
It will affect restaurants, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters in those four areas, effective just after midnight March 17 for 15 days.
There is an exception for delivery, pickup and drive-thru services.
The four jurisdictions will reevaluate on April 1.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released new COVID-19 recommendations for quarantine and isolation of travelers Sunday.
Under the new recommendations, KDHE is advising a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who traveled to California, New York and Washington state on or after March 15.
KDHE is also advising those who visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week to also partake in a 14-day home quarantine.
If you traveled on a cruise ship or if you traveled internationally on or after March 15, KDHE said you too should participate in the quarantine.
The recommendations also apply to those whom the health department notified that they were in close contact with a person who has coronavirus.
A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.
Self-quarantine is like being on the honor system, but if someone refuses to self-quarantine, the health department can and will quarantine that person.
“We don’t like to take to that draconian step obviously, but it’s a lot of hand holding to make sure people respect what the voluntary quarantine is all about and around the country there have been really good results because people are nervous and following the recommendation,” Secretary of the KDHE Dr. Lee Norman told FOX4.
According to KDHE, those who are under home quarantine should not attend school, work or any other setting where they are not able to maintain at about a 6-foot distance from other people.
Cass County recorded its first case of coronavirus Monday bringing the total of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Missouri to nine.