A patient has been admitted to the University of Kansas Hospital with the coronavirus but the hospital didn’t say Monday whether it is the same case that state health officials earlier announced or the state’s second case of the virus.
The hospital said in a statement the patient is being treated in a specially equipped area designed to prevent the spread of the virus to other patients, visitors, staff and doctors. The statement provided no other details.
On Saturday, Governor Laura Kelly and health officials said a woman from Johnson County is isolating herself at home after seeing her doctor with symptoms of the virus, which causes COVID-19. The woman, who is under 50, traveled to the Northeast, where health officials are aware of positive cases. The state provided no other details about her travel to protect her privacy.
Kelly’s spokeswoman, Dena Sattler, said the governor’s office had not heard about the Kansas Hospital patient before it was announced.
Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Saturday the state was monitoring up to a dozen people a day as possible coronavirus cases.
Johnson County includes Kansas City suburbs and is the state’s most populous county but Mary Beverly, the interim director of Johnson County’s health department, said the woman’s family members are likely to be the only people at risk of being infected and the county doesn’t believe public events must be canceled or schools closed.