The Leavenworth County Health Department has reported the county’s first death as a result of the coronavirus.
The Health Department has identified the person who died as a woman in her 50s.
She had been transported to a local emergency room. She had no recent travel history, but she had underlying health conditions.
The Leavenworth County Health Department made the announcement late Friday morning.
"Losing a life in our community is never easy, and we share condolences with the family and respect their privacy during these difficult times," Leavenworth County Health Officer Jamie Miller said in a news release.
Leavenworth County has had a total of 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including the case that resulted in the woman’s death.
And the Health Department reports there are an additional 103 cases that likely are COVID-19 based on people who have reported having symptoms.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported that, as of 11 a.m. Friday, there were 620 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas which have resulted in a total of 17 deaths.
A statewide stay home order remains in place. The order allows people to leave home for essential activities such as buying groceries or visiting the doctor.
Leavenworth County Health Department officials urge people to follow order.
"If you haven’t been taking this pandemic seriously until now, you should," Miller said in a news release. "Do your part, stay home whenever possible, limit the exposure of your family and community."
Todd Farley said news of the death in Leavenworth County is a reminder the coronavirus is a serious disease.
"It can be a serious and deadly disease," he said.
Farley is a member of an incident management team for the county’s COVID-19 response.
Leavenworth County Health Department officials encourage people to practice good hygiene, stay informed, practice social distancing and limit in-person interactions.
Health Department officials also encourage people with symptoms associated with COVID-19 to call 913-250-2000, option 3.
The Leavenworth County Health Department releases daily updates of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county as well as the number of additional probable cases. The updates include a map of the county indicating the number of confirmed and probable cases reported within specific areas. The updates can be found at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid