Ford County officials this week stated that they will be following reopening state guidelines set forth by Governor Laura Kelly and will not be adding additional restrictions.

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Ford County officials this week stated that they will be following reopening state guidelines set forth by Gov. Laura Kelly and will not be adding additional restrictions.


Ford County remains consistent in being the second highest county in the state with confirmed COVID-19 cases, a high number due to the level of testing being done for two private business clusters of the virus.


"The cases are not all over the place," Ford County administrator J.D. Gilbert said. "They are high due to the level of testing as far as cluster testing."


According to Ford County Commissioner Shawn Tassett, the Ford County Health Department investigations into the cases has been a coordinated effort to find those needing tested from the cluster.


On Wednesday it was confirmed that Ford County now has four deaths from COVID-19.


As the process of opening up continues to evolve, the governor's protocols need to be followed for success, said Ford County physician adviser Dr. R.C. Trotter.


"I know a lot of people weren't happy with the county following the governor's guidelines but if we follow the rules it will give us a successful opening," Trotter said. "That means following the 10-person gathering guidelines, that means if only one person is able to go shopping at the store then do that. Wear the mask and gloves when in public and stay home as much as possible."


With the state reopening in its first phase, testing continues as before with Ford County testing 2,120 of citizens as of Wednesday.


The number of cases topped 880 with a case rate of 26.18 per 1,000 and testing rate of 63.06 per 1,000 giving a positive rate of 41.5%.


Hospitalizations are 14 as of Wednesday with nine ICU admissions, three mechanical ventilations, 10 patient discharges and 1,240 negative tests.


The county added that residents continue to practice social distancing along with frequent hand-washing and wearing masks and other personal protective equipment when needing to go in public.


For the state the number of cases reached 5,734 with 571 hospitalizations, 144 deaths and 36,380 negative tests.


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