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COVID-19 cases reported in Hays
Ellis Co. COVID-19 exposure may have occurred at house parties, bars

HAYS — Ellis County Health Department is currently monitoring a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the county. Several people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 attended house parties and visited bars in Hays on Friday, Aug. 14, and Saturday, Aug. 15. Congregating at parties and in bars increases the risk of becoming infected and accelerates community spread, according to an joint news release from the Ellis County Health Department and Fort Hays State University.

“If you participated in either of these activities between the hours of 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. (Aug. 14 and 15), you may have come in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you are directed to monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days.”  

The Ellis County Health Department and FHSU have implemented COVID-19 related health and safety measures, and adherence to these measures can limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Ellis County residents and visitors are asked to be diligent in wearing a face covering, maintain social distancing from others, and avoiding gatherings. Also, people should continue to practice several basic health and safety-related precautions like washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you are ill.