Covid outbreak emerges just across the border

Friday, June 19, 2020

Crawford County confirmed Covid-19 cases have swelled to 156, with a large percentage of new cases attributed to employees of SugarCreek (meat-packing) plant in Frontenac, five miles north of Pittsburg. Straddling the border, Frontenac is located roughly 40 miles southwest of Nevada.

The current figure could continue to increases, as the Pittsburg Morning Sun reported earlier this week that multiple health agencies were coordinating to test all SugarCreek employees for the novel coronavirus — approximately 600 in total. Dating back to Monday, more than 60 of its employees had tested positive, according to Frontenac’s Mayor.

Clouding the overall picture, the article noted that the confirmed reported cases may not actually reflect an accurate tally, as recorded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). The article suggested that some of the confirmed positive cases from SugarCreek are Missouri residents, and thus would not count towards Crawford County's official total.

During a recent briefing, Crawford County Health Officer Rebecca Adamson confirmed the precise coronavirus case count for Crawford County, as well as the SugerCreek outbreak was still muddled. But according to the Morning Sun, Adamson noted “that there were probably about 45 new positive cases of Crawford County residents identified on Monday.“

The 156 confirmed cases ranks as the 10th most among all Kansas counties.

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