Health officials: Seventh case of COVID-19 in Kansas

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Health officials: Seventh case of COVID-19 in Kansas

Health officials in northeastern Kansas confirmed the state’s seventh case of COVID-19 on Saturday.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment said in a news release that the presumptive positive case is a woman in her 50s associated with Johnson County Community College. The case is the region’s first believed to have been contracted locally, the release said.

Four other COVID-19 cases have been reported in Johnson County. All of them become infected while traveling out of state.

The woman is hospitalized and “doing well,” the release said. Her family members have been quarantined, and those who may have been exposed by contact with the woman are being contacted by the health department, officials said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as a fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

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