Specimens of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Coronavirus 2, which causes the disease COVID-19, emerge from infected human cells taken from a patient in the United States at an undefined date.

The Atchison County Health Department announced the second COVID-19 related death.

On Tuesday morning, the Health Department announced the death of a male in his 40s due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

“Please keep his loved ones in your thoughts during this very difficult time,” according to a a statement on the Health Department’s Facebook.

No other information was available concerning this second death in the county. The first death was reported on Aug. 28 — an individual in their 70s.

According to numbers released Friday by the Health Department, there are currently 331 cases of COVID in the county, 29 of them active and 4 hospitalized.

The Health Department continues to encourage residents to monitor their symptoms and report to a health care provider if experiencing any symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, a change in taste or smell, headache, sore throat, cough, congestion, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea or nausea.

In Brown County, the number is 104 total cases. In neighboring counties, the numbers are Jackson 234, Nemaha 102, Doniphan 96, Leavenworth 2,023 and Jefferson 181.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is continuing to closely monitor several clusters and high-reporting counties throughout the state, which include Finney (1,961 cases), Ford (2,756), Johnson (10,697), Lyon (990), Sedgwick (8,577), Riley, (1,345), Douglas (2,032), Seward (1,485), Shawnee (2,671) and Wyandotte (6,906).

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