May 06, 2021 6:40 PM

McPherson Co. Health Dept.: New gathering recommendations

Posted May 06, 2021 6:40 PM

MCPHERSON -- The McPherson County Health Department today announced new gathering recomendations.

Beginning today, the following recommendations are in place.

●No gathering limit when all persons wear masks

●Practice 6-foot distancing where possible

●If all persons in a gathering have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks, masks and distancing may not be necessary

●Entities and businesses may continue to be more stringent in both private and public situations at their discretion

The health department developed the new guidelines after assessing vaccination rates and new case trends in McPherson County.

Currently, McPherson County is vaccinating anyone 16 years of age or older for COVID-19. The health department provided the following information concerning vaccinations in the county.

●As of May 5, 2021, according to the Kansas Immunization Registry, KSWebIZ, 14,757 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to McPherson County residents. The majority of doses administered have been Moderna (10,413), followed by Pfizer (3,798) and Johnson and Johnson/Janssen (546).

●As of May 5, 2021, according to the CDC COVID Data Tracker (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#countyview), 34.2% of McPherson County’s population has been fully vaccinated. 44.1% of the population 18 years old and above are vaccinated and 76.6% of the population 65 years old and above are vaccinated. More information can be found on their website.

COVID-19 data in McPherson County can be found on the home page of mcphersoncountyks.us, under “McPherson County COVID-19 Dashboard.” This data will continue to be updated Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.