Wednesday, June 03, 2020

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Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Marion County Health Department.

County offices are open with some restrictions.  Public access is limited to the South entrance.  Health/travel screening questions will be required prior to admittance.  Wearing a mask is highly encouraged during any face to face meeting, along with proper social distancing.  Driver's License services will not be offered at this time.  The Department on Aging and the Planning & Zoning Office are open by appointment only.  In person attendance at the County Commission meetings will not be allowed at this time. 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to safely transition back to full public access over time.  The safety of our citizens and employees is of paramount importance.  County staff is available to answer your questions by phone or email.  Please don't hesitate to contact us. 

Treasurer:  620.382.2180
Vehicle Dept:
County Clerk:  620.382.2185
Register of Deeds:  620.382.2151
County Attorney:  620.382.2243
District Court:  620.382.2104
Appraiser:  620.382.3715
Mapping:  620.382.3778
Road & Bridge:  620.382.3761

PUBLIC ATTENDANCE OF COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS BY TELECOMMUNICATION ONLY.  In-person attendance at the County Commission meetings is not allowed at this time due to mass gathering restrictions.  We encourage attendance by telecommunication which also allows public interaction.
To join the County Commission meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to or by phone dial 1-866-899-4679.  The access code is 639-484-901#.

Please contact individual County offices directly for any questions or assistance.

Smallpox (Variola Major)


  • Highly infectious after aerosolization
  • Person-to-person transmission can occur via droplet nuclei or aerosols expelled from the oropharynx and by direct contact.
  • Contaminated clothing or bed linens can also spread the virus
  • About 30% of susceptible contacts will become infected


  • Incubation period is 12-14 days (ranges 7-17 days)
  • Characteristic rash appears 2-3 days after nonspecific flu-like prodrome (fever and eadache)
  • Maculopapular rash begins on mucosa of mouth and pharynx, face, hands, forearms, and spread to legs and centrally to trunk; lesions are more predominate on the face and extremities than on the trunk.
  • Lesions progress synchronously on any given part of the body from macules to papules to vesicles to pustules to crusty scabs

Laboratory Diagnosis:

  • Mask and gloves should be worn by person obtaining specimen, preferably a person who has been recently vaccinated
  • Vesicular fluid is obtained by opening lesions with the blunt edge of a scalpel, harvesting fluid with a cotton swab; scabs can be removed by forceps. swabs and scabs should be placed in a vacutainer, sealed with tape. and placed in a second, durable, watertight
  • container
  • Laboratory specimens must be handled in a bio-safety level 4 facility (e.g. cdc) and will be evaluated with electron microscopy and cell culture.

Patient Isolation:

  • Airborne isolation in a negative pressure room using N-95 respirator mask from onset of rash until all scabs separate
  • Laundry and waste should be autoclaved before laundered or incinerated


  • Supportive care is the mainstay of therapy
  • In-vitro antiviral activity against poxviruses has been shown with adefovir, idofovir,dipivoxil, and ribavirin (animal studies suggest that cidofovir may be most effective)


  • Smallpox vaccine would be required for all persons exposed at the time of the bioterrorist attack or anyone with close personal contact with a smallpox case
  • Vaccine is most effective if given before or within 3 days of exposure
  • Ideally, all exposed persons should be placed in strict quarantine for 17 days after last contact with a smallpox case