First COVID-19 death reported in Butler County

Deanna Bonn
Butler County Times Gazette
Butler County Times Gazette

Butler County Health Department Director Jamie Downs appeared before the Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 4 to give an update with the latest information on the spread of COVID-19 in Butler County.

Butler County has experienced their first COVID-19 related death. The individual, who was between the ages of 55-64, died on or around July 25 and was originally thought to be a Sedgwick County resident.

According to Downs, since the Commissioners issued their repeal of Governor Kelly’s Executive Order 20-52 “Requiring masks or other face coverings in public,” cases in Butler County have climbed.

From March 13, when the first positive case in Butler County was documented, until July 2, the date of the repeal, only 60 positive cases were reported.

In the month following the Commissioners repeal, from July 3 to Aug. 3, that number has more than doubled to 168 positive cases and the numbers continue to trend upwards.

Within the Proclamation, Kelly identifies one reason for issuing her mandate, “Whereas, after a steady trend of decreasing metrics, recent weeks have seen the numbers of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths spike in Kansas and across the nation.”

According to the county health department, Tthe spike in positive cases in Butler County have been associated with individuals attending softball camp, dance camp, band camp, weight room lifting and a church gathering.

Certainly wearing a mask, alone, will not prevent the spread, however in combination with limiting mass gatherings, practicing social distancing and good hygiene, the risk to exposure could be minimized.

“Remember – my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Governor Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”

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