Ellis County has a new case of COVID-19, as reported Monday morning by Ellis County Health Services Director Jason Kennedy with the Ellis County Health Department.


"The new, positive case was identified through contact tracing from another county," Kennedy said in an emailed press release.


The Hays Larks on Sunday discovered that one of their players has tested positive for the virus. The Health Department Monday didn’t confirm by press time if the cases are one and the same or different.


"Testing was sent to a private lab," the release said. "ECHD is following KDHE guidelines to identify all close contacts of the individuals."


Contacts will be notified, the release said.


"The positive case has mild symptoms and is in home isolation. The case was a contact of a known positive from outside of Ellis County," said the release.


The new case brings to four the number of active cases in the county, according to the health department.


There are nine recovered cases, and the number of retroactively reported probable cases as determined by KDHE remains at two.


The Ellis County Commissioners and Kennedy on May 27 announced the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions countywide. That was in accordance with an executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly allowing counties their own determinations on coronavirus restrictions.