The Sumner County Health Dept. has confirmed a resident of the county with COVID-19 died while hospitalized in Sedgwick County.

A press release last week from Sumner County Public Health Officer Laura Rettig reported the death occurred April 9.

The victim, a man in his 60s who resided in the northern part of Sumner County had the first confirmed case of COVID-19, reported on March 25. The man’s death is the only COVID-19 related death confirmed in the county at this time.

On April 2, the county health department alerted the public to a second confirmed case of COVID-19 - this one, contracted by a woman in her 50s residing in the northern part of Sumner County. She has been in quarantine and all her contacts have been notified, the health department reported.

Concerning the recent death, Rettig’s press release read, "Our deepest condolences go to the family. We are very saddened by the news. His passing is a sad reminder of how serious this pandemic is. And also how we must all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19."

The KDHE (Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment) has reported, as of 11 a.m., April 13, there have been 1,376 confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 61 counties with 62 deaths reported. There have been 12,488 negative tests conducted at KDHE and private labs. Of those confirmed COVID-19 cases, 741 cases are female and 629 are male and six, unknown.

On March 28, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a "stay at home order" for Kansas residents, with exceptions being made for such things as obtaining food, medication or medical care or caring for children, family members, vulnerable persons or pets.

"Essential jobs," allowing for people to leave home, include jobs in food and household supply sales, health care, law enforcement, fire/EMS and other government services, vehicle maintenance and repairs, roadside services and internet providers.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best defense against the virus is to avoid exposure to it.

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines include:

Frequently washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or applying hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Avoiding contact with people who are sick.

Wearing a cloth face mask over the mouth and nose when around other people.

Keeping a distance of at least six feet away from other people.

Cleaning and using disinfectant over commonly touched surfaces such as sinks, faucets, counters, door knobs, phones, toilets and light switches.