One more confirmed case of the coronavirus was reported Friday in Leavenworth County.
This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the disease known as COVID-19 in the county to 13, according to a daily update released by the Leavenworth County Health Department.
The newly confirmed case on Friday comes after no new cases were reported Thursday.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, a total of 173 people in Leavenworth County have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 149 tested negative for the disease. Thirteen people have tested positive for the disease. Test results are pending for 11 people.
While the number of confirmed cases in the county is 13, Leavenworth County Health Department officials believe the total number of people who have the disease in the county is higher.
That is because not everyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 is tested.
Earlier in the week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment released new guidance regarding testing for COVID-19.
Citing shortages of supplies and reagents, the KDHE announced that tests sent to a state lab had to be prioritized.
The Leavenworth County Health Department uses the services of the state lab facilities.
Testing performed by the state are being reserved for people such as health care workers and those who are considered to be vulnerable to the disease.
Others with symptoms are still being told to self-isolate, according to a news release from the KDHE.
While the Health Department relies on the state lab, other local health professionals may utilize private lab testing.
"We know there is a lot more people in the community that have the disease," Todd Farley said.
Farley is a member of an incident command team that was formed for the county’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Farley said the Health Department receives many calls from people who report symptoms associated with the coronavirus.
"We’re keeping track of that," he said,
He said Health Department officials are working on a way to report information they believe will more accurately represent the number of people in Leavenworth County who have contracted the disease.
People with symptoms associated with COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Leavenworth County Health Department at 913-250-2000, option 3, and speak with staff.
According to the Health Department, symptoms of COVID-19 include a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
People who do not have questions related to the virus itself but have questions about things such as an emergency public health order are asked to send emails to email@example.com
Leavenworth County remains under an emergency public health order that directs people to stay home except for essential activities such as buying groceries or going to the doctor.