New Case of Coronavirus Identified in Rice County

The Rice County Health Department is announcing two new unrelated cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rice County yesterday. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment notified the Health Department of the case.

The new cases involve a young teen and a woman in her 40's; both are at their homes in isolation. There are close contacts involved who have been notified to quarantine. No further information about the patients will be released.

Rice County Health Department staff wants Rice County residents to know that they will be among the first to be notified when a new case id diagnosed. We contact the individual and immediately begin patient teaching on steps they need to take to keep their contacts safe. In addition, we do thorough contact tracing to notify susceptible individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 through the diagnosed individual. We teach how to monitor their own health and protect those around them. Disease investigation of contagious, reportable diseases is something that we are trained to do on an ongoing basis. We have investigated for many years and are well-prepared for this current event.

Rice County Health Department wants the public to know that the Health Department will not disclose any patient information - including information about any patient's location - except by explicit request of the patient. The best way for you to receive correct information is to check the Rice County website, the Health Department Facebook page, or to wait for the publication of a press release on multiple forums.

If you are having any symptoms of COVID-19 please call the Health Department or your primary care office.

If you are being tested for COVID-19, you are considered a Person Under Investigation (PUI) and MUST remain in isolation while waiting on results.
In addition:
  • Avoid non-essential trips and stay home to the extent you can.
  • Family members living in separate households should not gather.
  • If you must go out in public, ensure you maintain a distance of six feet from other people; wear a mask.

Rice County residents can stay informed by visiting the Rice County website, KDHE, or CDC. For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank or email You may also contact the Rice County Health Department at 620-257-2171 or 620-680-0321.

Story updated July 9, 2020.