A Cowley County resident infected with the coronavirus while working in another Kansas community has returned home to recover, local health officials announced Monday.

The person is described as a young adult in otherwise good health with no known pre-existing conditions, Public Health Officer Thomas Langer said in a press release.

“This patient has had absolutely no interaction in the community and has just returned home to recover,” he added.

The worker was tested due to a cluster outbreak at a worksite. The person returned to Cowley County to recover, and the City-Cowley County Health Department is monitoring the recovery while the person is in quarantine.

Moving about freely comes with added risk for exposure to COVID-19, Langer added.

“Cowley County is home to a number of people who work outside of our communities,” he said. “Whenever you are in another jurisdiction for work, leisure or business, you assume the risks of the population you interact with.”

Langer urged residents to take necessary precautions, such as staying home if you feel ill and contacting a health provider to be tested. Wear a mask in crowded areas if properly able to do so, practice social distancing and hand washing.

“The battle against COVID-19 is real and will continue, please stay well,” Langer added.

The newest case brings the official number of local cases to four. Two people who tested positive in Cowley County have since left the county.

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