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Lyon County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern is using two recent coronavirus incidents to remind people to take the virus seriously as the pandemic continues.

Millbern had more details on the girls’ basketball tournament that triggered Public Health to warn those attending to self-quarantine. The KCP 5th- and 6th-grade tournament was held June 20 at the Parkville Athletic Complex Court 3 in Parkville, Missouri. It involved two traveling teams from Lyon County. It also involved at least one symptomatic player from another team that later tested positive for coronavirus. The tournament was different from three MAYB tournaments in Hays and a fourth in Wichita where COVID-19 exposure either developed or may have developed. Three players at those tourneys tested positive, according to the Wichita Eagle.

Because of the number of people at summer sports tournaments and the spotty use of masks or other social distancing methods at those events, Millbern says parents need to reevaluate whether their children should participate. If the parents say it’s OK, they should then put extra emphasis on safety measures health officials have highlighted throughout the pandemic.

Numerous MAYB tournaments are taking place this weekend, including the Summer Kickoff in Wichita, the King of the Hill Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri and other tournaments in Great Bend and Lawrence.

Lyon County Public Health has reached out to the known close contacts of the positive player. Team members and parents that attended the Parkville tournament are told to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for two full weeks. Public Health reminds residents that symptoms like a fever, cough or difficulty breathing merit a call to a healthcare provider immediately. Residents that become symptomatic, including chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, congestion, sore throat, nausea, diarrhea and new loss of taste or smell also need to call the Public Health COVID-19 Hotline at 620-208-3741.

Meanwhile, Millbern says a female staffer at the Lyon County Detention Center came down with coronavirus recently. She says COVID-19 cases in so-called congregate settings like correctional or long-term care facilities are “worrisome” because of how rapidly the virus can spread.

Another key to limiting COVID-19 spread is increased sanitation and cleaning.

Millbern credited the Sheriff’s Office for developing mitigation and containment strategies at the start of the pandemic in March, including frequent screenings and required use of masks. Widespread testing is coming Monday for Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center workers as well as inmates.

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