Butler County reports second case of coronavirus

Butler County is reporting a second confirmed case of coronavirus.

The case involves a woman in her 60s who had traveled within the United States.  She is is isolation, and county health officials have identified all people whe has contacted while she was contagious, and they will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms.

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The number of coronavirus cases in Kansas has jumped up to 35, with several more counties reporting cases.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 16 cases in Johnson County, 8 cases in Wyandotte County, and two cases each in Butler, Leavenworth and Morris counties.  Cherokee, Douglas, Franklin, Jackson and Linn counties each have one case.

KDHE secretary Lee Norman said Johnson County has reached a level of community spread, with cases acquired locally rather than through travel.  He said new testing procedures will be in place for Johnson County, allowing testing for county residents who are hospitalized for illnesses that could be coronavirus.  Residents with mild symptoms will not be tested.