Shawnee County has 3 positive coronavirus cases

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- The Shawnee County Health Department announced in a press conference today that there are three positive cases of the novel coronavirus in the County. Two of the patients are currently at Stormont Vail Health, and one is staying at St. Francis.


The patient at St. Francis is a man in his 70s who has no history of travel; the two Stormont Vail cases are, a 23-year-old male and a 70-year-old female. They had both recently traveled.

The announcement comes on the eve of the start of Shawnee County’s safe at home order, advising people to only go out for necessary activities like getting food or health care, or working an essential job.

“Us enacting the stay at home order ensures that we are all at home, that we are all safe unless we are critical personnel and I ask all of you to please more than ever please respect the order,” said Topeka Mayor
Michelle De La Isla.

The Safer At Home order is unlike anything most have seen before and with all unfamiliarity comes a lot of questions. That’s why the health department hosted a live Q&A on their Facebook page to answer everyone’s questions.

“We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have, we are more than happy to talk to you through your anxiety but in a time like this we need all of us to come together, we need all of us to have a little grace because we you have to understand that we are all working under pressure to serve you, We may not be perfect all of the time in our delivery but we understand that. Let’s now more than ever expand a little extra ounce of kindness out to each other as we navigate these difficult times.”

There are 20 cases still pending in the county.