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Health officials announce 3 new cases of coronavirus infection in Johnson County

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Health officials have announced three new cases of coronavirus in Johnson County.

At a press conference this morning, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman and Interim Director of the Johnson County Health Department Mary Beverly said three men between the ages of 35 and 65 who had all attended a conference in Florida last month are presumptive positive cases for the pandemic illness.

None of the men are seriously ill, Beverly said, and none have been hospitalized.

The new cases bring the total number of infections in Kansas to four. Last week, Norman and Beverly announced that a Johnson County woman under the age of 50 was the first confirmed case of the illness in the state. After initially self-quarantining, she was admitted to the University of Kansas Hospital for treatment.

After the announcement of the new cases, Rep. Sharice Davids said she would be speaking with Norman tonight on a “Call with Your Congresswoman” open to constituents.

“We will provide an update on the status of COVID-19 in our community and measures being taken in Kansas to contain the spread of the disease, and answer any questions listeners may have,” Davids said.

People can sign up for the call here.

Davids’ office has also launched a webpage with information and resources related to the virus.

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Jay Senter
Jay Senter

Jay Senter is the founder and publisher of the Post.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he worked as a reporter and editor at The Badger Herald.

He went on to receive a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, where he earned the Calder Pickett Award. While he was in graduate school, he also worked as a reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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