COVID19

Linn County COVID19 Case Data

Information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19, please fill out the appropriate form below. If your information indicates that you need follow-up, the Linn County Health Department will contact you directly. Please ensure your contact information is correct prior to submitting this form.

All information provided in this form will remain confidential. We will not provide your personal information to anyone outside the Health Department, but it will be used internally to help us track the spread of this disease. The form can be found HERE.

If you are under respiratory distress you should seek medical help immediately.

10/07/20 Update:

Quarantine or isolation: What’s the difference?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their local health department. Quarantine time is usually 14 days from the time you were last exposed to the positive Covid-19 case.  Your Health Department will contact you and explain in detail what the length of time should be and why, and we are available for you to call with any questions. 

Isolation is when a person with a confirmed case of Covid-19 is kept away from others to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Isolation time is usually 10 days from the start of a person’s symptoms or if no symptoms,  from the date the test was collected.

A short explanation of why the Quarantine time is longer relates to what we know about the incubation time of the virus being between 2 to 14 days. 

For more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Information taken from:

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases

03/10/2020 Update: KDHE press release PDF HERE

03/09/2020 Update: Click HERE for the Linn County Health Department press release.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The first confirmed case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. Several countries, including the United States, are actively screening incoming travelers at airports that receive direct flights from China.  

The risk to the public in Linn County, Kansas of infection from this novel coronavirus is low, although the emergence of any new virus presents a challenge to public health and health care systems. The Linn County Health Department will continue working closely with local, state and federal partners to monitor, respond and inform the public of any potential threat.

All travelers returning from geographic areas with widespread community transmission are encouraged to remain at home and avoid large gatherings for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you have any questions, call 913-795-7302 during regular business hours.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

  • You have a fever or signs of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) and you have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset (includes healthcare workers).
  • You have a fever and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) and a history of travel in geographic areas with widespread community transmission within 14 days of symptom onset.
  • You have a fever with acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and no alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no source of COVID-19 exposure identified.

Take simple steps to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

Health care providers should immediately notify infection control at their health care facility and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (877) 427-7317 if they have a patient under investigation for COVID-19. KDHE is coordinating all testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit this page for current case counts, prevention information, travel notices, guidance, and frequently asked questions. Information in Chinese.

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