Sep 08, 2020 9:52 PM

Geary County Health Department identifies cases linked to one church

Posted Sep 08, 2020 9:52 PM

Geary County health officials issued a release Tuesday afternoon stating that the Health Department has identified 16 COVID-19 cases linked to Iglesia Casa de Restauracion Church in Junction City.

Anyone who attended the Church between Saturday, Aug. 29  through Sunday, Sept. 6 is at risk. Attendees should self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of attendance, according to Deputy Health Director Charles Martinez.

Individuals are recommended to contact their primary healthcare provider if they develop any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 F or higher, chills, rigors, myalgia ( muscle pain or aches ), malaise, headache, sore throat, lower respiratory illness ( cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing ), new olfactory and taste disorders, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose and nausea or vomiting.

Human coronaviruses, such as COVID-19, are most commonly spread through coughing, sneezing, personal contact like shaking hands, and touching a surface with the virus and then toughing your eyes, nose or mouth. 

There are steps everyone can take to help prevent spreading the virus. They include washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick and only leave home for essential items and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.