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Osage County Senior Center closed due to possible COVID-19 cluster

Editor’s note: The Osage County Health Department issued the following press release Wednesday evening.

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department would like to make the community aware that there have been positive cases identified in individuals who have recently attended the Osage County Senior Center, in Osage City, Kan. There are currently three active positive cases possibly associated with attendance at the senior center, of which two were hospitalized. We are asking people who have attended the senior center anytime between July 20 and July 27, 2020, to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Osage County Health Department staff are in the process of contacting individuals who had direct contact with any positive cases; however, we recommend anyone in attendance on those days to self-quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days from the date of their last visit. Symptoms include fever, cough, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, fatigue, diarrhea, and/or shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. If symptoms develop, please stay home and contact your health care provider or local health department for guidance on testing. In an emergency, please call 911 and notify first responders that you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and, if possible, wear a cloth face mask before they arrive.

Health Department staff recommends all citizens take precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Preventative measures include social distancing, wearing a mask when in public settings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system. In addition, staying away from large public gatherings, larger cities or travelling to areas that have a high rate of transmission (currently Florida, cruise ships, or international travel) is advised.

Eat Well to Be Well: Include processed foods to help eat a healthier diet

Instead of writing off all processed foods as bad, remember that certain processed foods offer valuable nutrients as well as convenience. How many times have you heard this advice: “Avoid processed foods;” “Only shop the perimeter of your grocery store;” or “All processed foods harm your health.”

This well-intentioned but misleading nutritional advice does us no favors unless you understand the definition of processed food. Look inside your refrigerator, freezer, or cupboards, and you’ll be staring at various processed foods such as canned goods or frozen fruits and vegetables.

Let’s admit most foods have been processed before we eat them. Realistically, unless you are growing all the food you eat, you can’t avoid them entirely. While there are certain foods that are highly or ultra processed, many others have been minimally processed, allowing us to safely consume nutritious foods without fear of microbial contamination or food spoilage, among others advantages.

What is a processed food?

Food processing is not a new concept. Our food has undergone processing really since the beginning of mankind. Back in biblical times, way before the advent of electricity, sodium (salt) was used as a means of preserving foods that normally would go bad without refrigeration. This not only helped feed people but also acted as a means of food safety from spoilage.

The definition of a processed food is any method making fresh unprocessed foods (primarily unaltered fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, nuts and seeds) into various food products. The processing component may include washing, chopping, pasteurizing, freezing, packaging, dehydration, or milling. For example, if a farmer grows corn for human consumption, that corn can be sold fresh (with minimal if any processing), or in a more “processed’ form such canned or frozen. Another example might be blueberries, which can be bought fresh, frozen, dried, or also canned for use as a pie or dessert filling.

COVID-19 update: County experiences weeklong relief

Osage County flattened its COVID-19 curve for the entire third week of the county’s phased reopening. In the first two weeks of July, the county appeared to be on an upward trend as confirmed cases in the county more than doubled, averaging about one new diagnosis a day until last Thursday. County and state officials confirm that Osage County gained no new known cases since last Friday, July 17, 2020.

As reported by the Osage County Health Department yesterday, July 23, Osage County currently has only one positive case, with 31 Osage Countians reported as recovered from the infection. As of 1 p.m. yesterday, there were eight people in the county under quarantine. Since the pandemic began in March, 1,135 negative tests have been recorded from among Osage County residents.

On KDHE’s map of total cases across the state, its number for Osage County, 32, represents a drop from this week’s report of 34 cases July 20.

OCHD explained the discrepancy as an incorrect test result entered into the state system over the weekend. In addition, one positive case was reported as an individual living in Osage County, but the person had moved and contracted the virus afterward.

“This case was originally counted as Osage County’s case, but we have since been notified that the patient will not be our case,” the health department reported in a social media post.

The health department statement also qualified its COVID-19 reporting, saying, “OCHD does NOT intentionally report incorrect numbers. Our numbers come directly from KDHE through the state reporting system. I assure you, our staff has no reason to want more positive cases in our county. Each positive case leads to a significant amount of work in documentation, contact tracing, phone calls, and many other tasks associated with assisting those ill and in quarantine. OCHD is not a testing site, so none of the positives generated are from any testing OCHD has completed.”

During the first week of July, Osage County commissioners exempted the county from Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide mask guidance, and started the county on its last planned phase for reopening after the pandemic shutdown.

For more information about COVID-19 in Osage County, the health department encouraged citizens to call 785-828-3117, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Learn how adverse childhood experiences impact people’s lives

Drug Free Osage County and Greenbush are partnering to offer a virtual training on adverse childhood experiences or “ACEs.” The hour-long conversation about ACEs is being offered at two different times Wednesday, July 22, 2020 – 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

ACEs are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood. ACEs can include violence, abuse, and growing up in a family with mental health or substance use problems. Toxic stress from ACEs can change brain development and can also prevent a child from learning or even playing in a healthy way with other children. ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse, even as an adult.

Known COVID-19 cases in Osage County more than double in two weeks

Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Osage County, while the state of Kansas has been designated a hot spot for the disease in U.S. In July, the county has recorded more positive cases than in the previous months of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The steady rise in the known positive cases in Osage County comes after county commissioners formally rejected Governor Laura Kelly’s pandemic guidance and reopened the county on July 3, and after the county had some relief during a two-week period, June 9 to June 25, with no confirmed cases.

On July 1, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment records show that Osage County had 15 total known cases since the pandemic began. The latest report from KDHE, dated July 16, shows Osage County now has had 33 total positive, averaging a little more than one new case per day during July.

OCHD reported on social media July 16 that two new confirmed positive cases brought the current active cases in the county to nine people. On that day, 36 people were under quarantine in the county. The county health department reports that 1,038 negative test results have been recorded in the county since testing began.

On July 2, Kelly ordered Kansans to wear masks when inside any public space or in situations where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. County commissioners had the option to adopt the measures, modify the measures or reject them. That afternoon, Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting and voted to exempt Osage County from the governor’s order.

OCHD reported the latest known positive cases were a person residing in the north part of the county and another in the south part of the county.

Last week, a document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force was obtained by national media, which reported that 18 states were named in the report as “red zones,” including Kansas.

Overbrook City Lake added to Kansas lakes blue-green algae watch list

TOPEKA, Kan. – Three Osage County lakes are on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s public health watch list due to blue-green algae, with Overbrook City Lake added to the list today. KDHE, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, also issued a public health warning today for Milford Lake Zone C.

On the state’s blue-green algae watch list in Osage County are Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Melvern Outlet Pond, and Overbrook City Lake.

A watch means that blue-green algae have been detected and a harmful algal bloom is present or likely to develop. People are encouraged to avoid areas of algae accumulation and keep pets and livestock away from the water. During the watch status, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Water may be unsafe for humans and animals.
  • Avoid areas of algae accumulation and do not let people or pets eat dried algae or drink contaminated water.
  • Swimming, wading, skiing and jet skiing are discouraged near visible blooms.
  • Boating and fishing are safe. However, inhalation of the spray may affect some individuals. Avoid direct contact with water, and wash with clean water after any contact.
  • Clean fish well with potable water and eat fillet portion only.

When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:

  • Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock. Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
  • Water contact should be avoided.
  • Fish may be eaten if they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
  • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
  • If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
  • Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.

State insurance commissioner alerts consumers of improper charges for COVID-19 testing

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt issued a consumer alert today regarding billing for COVID-19 testing. The Department’s Consumer Assistance Division recently became aware of situations in which federal law was not being followed related to COVID-19 testing.

“Providers and health insurers have a responsibility to ensure claims are processed correctly,” Schmidt said. “Kansans should pay special attention to any charges related to COVID-19 testing to ensure they are not improper. If you have been tested for COVID-19 and
have questions about charges, please contact the [insurance department] for assistance.”

Federal law requires COVID-19 testing without cost sharing (including deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance) requirements or prior authorization or other medical management requirements, meaning most consumers should not be billed a separate provider or facility fee for receiving a COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Consumers are encouraged to closely review explanation of benefit statements from their insurer to make certain they do not have a cost sharing responsibility for a diagnostic COVID-19 test.

The Kansas Insurance Department has a Consumer Assistance Hotline, 785-296-7829 or 800-432-2484 to assist consumers who believe they were subject to an improper charge.

COVID-19 update: New infections continue in Osage County

New COVID-19 cases continue to add up at a steady pace in Osage County, as the health department announced today four additional cases confirmed since its July 9, 2020, report. The county has confirmed a total of 29 positive cases since the pandemic began in March.

Osage County Health Department reported July 14, 2020, it is monitoring 11 active cases in the county, with 18 people reported as recovered from the disease. The department reported 49 people currently quarantined, and 1,006 negative tests recorded since testing began.

At least two school districts in the county have temporarily halted summer sports activities this week due to possible student athletes’ exposure to infected individuals.

See related story: USD 456 MdCV announces possible students’ exposure to COVID-19

USD 456 MdCV announces possible students’ exposure to COVID-19

MELVERN, Kan. – As Osage County enters the second week of  the final phase of its pandemic reopening plan, another school district in the county has temporarily halted summer sports activities after a group of students was possibly exposed to a COVID-19 infected individual.

USD 456 Marais des Cygnes Valley School District announced this afternoon, Saturday, July 11, 2020, administrators had been made aware today that a group of students was exposed to an individual outside the school district who later tested positive for COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, all summer conditioning/workouts have been postponed until Thursday, July 16, 2020. By that time, county health departments will have had the opportunity to perform contact tracing, fully inform the individuals involved and more conclusive information will be available to make potential further decisions. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to keep you updated as much as possible,” USD 456’s statement in a social media post said.

The district later noted drivers education and primary summer school will continue as scheduled.

Last week, USD 434 Santa Fe Trail announced activities at Santa Fe Trail High School, specifically summer weights and conditioning, would be postponed until Monday, July 13, due to possible exposure of student athletes to a person who was infected. The Osage County Health Department later reported a new positive case might have affected an athletic team in the county.

USD 434 provided guidelines for students who plan to resume activities Monday: Maintain six feet of separation, and masks and diligent handwashing encouraged. USD 434 students will undergo symptom and temperature checks by staff members.

USD 434’s latest update noted: “Your student should not attend if they have someone positive in the household, a pending COVID-19 test, have COVID-19 symptoms or fever in the last 72 hours, have known exposure, or have been quarantined.

“According to the CDC, COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.”

At the time of this post, the health department had not yet publicly confirmed the possible contacts at Marais des Cygnes Valley schools.

Eat Well to Be Well: It’s a berry good time of year

If a grocery store advertisement reads, “Today’s special: a food low in calories, no fat, full of fiber, may help prevent diseases, aids in weight loss, and tastes delicious,” would you buy it? I would hope so as this ad is talking about one of the most healthful foods nature provides – berries.

Berries are just about the perfect food to eat, whether fresh or frozen, and the variety to choose from is outstanding – blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Berries’ special power

Berries have been around as a food source for centuries. Their attractive appearance and delicate burst of sweetness has made them a favorite fruit even today. But, what distinguishes berries from other fruits is their health-boosting ability thanks to their rich and diverse antioxidant power.

Antioxidants reduce damage due to oxygen often caused by free radicals. Antioxidants include ascorbic acid (vitamin C), carotenoids, vitamin E and phenolic compounds, all found in berries – vitamin C and phenolic compounds are particularly abundant. Phenolic compounds include phenolic acids, flavonoids, tannins and resveratrol. Berries’ antioxidant power is that special boost in keeping us healthy.

Health department addresses recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Osage County

Editor’s note: The Osage County Health Department issued the following statement today in regard to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Osage County:

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department would like to make the community aware of a recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Osage County. There are currently 10 active positive cases in the county, with 77 people quarantined. To date, Osage County has had 25 positive COVID-19 cases, of which 15 have fully recovered. There are currently no patients hospitalized.

The recent increase has taken place over the last week, prompting the Health Department to issue this alert. (Note the number published by the Osage County Health Department may vary from that published by KDHE due to differences in publication times).

The positive cases and quarantines are mostly confined to the northern part of Osage County, that is, the area north of 205th Street, and including the towns of Carbondale, Burlingame, and Overbrook. In addition, many of the quarantines are a result of community gatherings in which an asymptomatic COVID-19 positive individual was in attendance.

Health Department staff recommends citizens take precautions to protect themselves and others from contracting the COVID-19 virus. Preventative measures include social distancing, wearing a mask when in public settings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are sick or have a weakened immune system. In addition, staying away from large public gatherings, larger cities, or travelling to areas that have a high rate of transmission (currently Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, cruise ships, or international travel) is advised.

Osage County residents can stay informed by visiting:
Osage County Health Department Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/osagecohealthdept/
Osage County COVID-19 Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Osage-County-Covid-19-110249017270887/
KDHE: www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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For more information about COVID-19 in Osage County, contact the Osage County Health Department at 785-828-3117, [email protected], or 103 E. Ninth St., Lyndon, Kan.

More Osage Countians quarantined: 4 more COVID-19 cases confirmed

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Osage County recorded four more COVID-19 cases overnight after the county health department announced yesterday a student athletic team in the northern part of the county has been affected by an infected individual.

Osage County Health Department announced this morning the county now has 10 active and 15 recovered cases in the county after announcing yesterday 7 active and 14 recovered. As of today, the health department reports 77 people in the county are under ordered quarantine.

The health department did not report personal details of the newly infected individuals.

The increases in the county come after county commissioners implemented the final phase of the county’s COVID-19 reopening plan and rejected Gov. Laura Kelly’s emergency restrictions order last week.

Osage County ‘reopens’ as COVID-19 cases rise

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – Coronavirus cases in Osage County continue to rise, as one school has announced it is closed this week due to the virus, and the Osage County Health Department reported a new positive case might have affected an athletic team in the county.

Today, Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 information page shows Osage County has had 22 total positive cases since the pandemic began.

Yesterday, July 7, OCHD reported that it was a rumor that a Santa Fe Trail USD 434 student had exposed other student athletes, but today the health department announced on social media, “We do now have a positive patient that has affected a county athletic team. This is a different case, in the north end of the county. If you are not contacted by the Health Department, you are not considered a close contact.”

A parent of a USD 434 student commented on the social media site that the school had contacted parents by email about the student COVID-19 case. USD 434 confirmed the school closure with this announcement yesterday on social media:

“The Osage County Health Department notified the district today that we have confirmed case(s) of COVID 19 in our school district. The individuals directly in contact with the positive case(s) will be notified by the Osage County Health Department to quarantine. The district was not informed of and will not disclose the names of those affected. The health and safety of our staff and students is our priority and the district has followed the cleaning guidelines provided by the CDC. A decision about weights, conditioning, and sports practices will be made towards the end of this week about the upcoming week. The decision on reopening will be based on the recommendation and guidance of the Osage County Health Department.”

The school district further announced that all athletic student activities at Santa Fe Trail High School are canceled this week.

“We will re-evaluate the situation at the end of the week and then announce the plans for the week of July 13-17, 2020,” the school notice said.

The health department did not confirm which school was affected by the positive case and would not identify where the infected or quarantined individuals lived other than the northern part of the county.

As of today’s count, OCHD shows there are 68 people quarantined in the county, 7 active cases, 14 recovered cases, and 922 negative test results. In other public statements, the health department said there has been one person from Osage County hospitalized due to the disease and no deaths.

Answering a social media poster, the health department said the new cases in the county are not yet considered community spread of the disease: “Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. So far, all of our positives (aside from household contacts) have been traced to sources outside our county. We do not currently have evidence of community spread within Osage County. However, the nature of a virus means it is just a matter of time before we do. We still strongly encourage social distancing, hand washing, staying home if sick, and wearing a mask when out in public.”

The new cases follow the Osage County commissioners’ action last week to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide. The Osage County Board of Health cited the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the governor’s mandate to wear masks would be difficult as reasons for exempting the county.

Osage County COVID-19 cases increase over holiday weekend

LYNDON, Kan. – With yesterday’s online posting of current COVID-19 cases, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported Osage County gained four active cases over the weekend holiday and Monday. KDHE reported new cases were confirmed in the county with two on July 3, one on July 4, and one on July 6, and showed the county’s total cases since the pandemic began at 18.

In a social media post yesterday, the Osage County Health Department reported five active cases in the county, with 12 recovered and 60 people under quarantine. Today OCHD’s COVID-19 counter shows five active cases in the county with 14 recovered and 51 people quarantined.

An OCHD social media post today stated, “All new cases have been in the north end of the county. No community spread as of yet is indicated. There have been rumors of exposure to student athletes at Santa Fe Trail. Our investigation has indicated that there wasn’t any exposure to students during the patient’s contagious period, per KDHE protocol. Anyone who is considered a close contact has been notified on all positive cases.”

The new cases follow the Osage County commissioners’ action last week to reject Gov. Laura Kelly’s plan to mandate mask wearing in public spaces statewide. The Osage County Board of Health cited the few COVID-19 cases in Osage County and little evidence of community spread of the disease, and that enforcement of the governor’s mandate to wear masks would be difficult, as reasons for exempting the county.

Kelly’s order went into effect July 3, and requires most Kansans to wear a mask while in public spaces and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet. During a special meeting July 2, county commissioners made the order to exempt Osage County from the governor’s order, following recommendations from the county health board.

As of Monday, Kansas had recorded 16,901 cases, 1,235 hospitalizations, and 280 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.

Osage County recorded its first case on March 26; so far the most cases recorded in a single day were three on June 27.

Commissioners exempt Osage County from governor’s emergency order

The Osage County Commissioners held a special meeting this afternoon, July 2, 2020, and exempted Osage County from the governor’s executive order regarding wearing of masks and other safety measures to combat the COVID-19.

The following is the resolution signed by the commissioners to exempt the county from the governor’s order:

RESOLUTION NO. 2020-05

AN ORDER EXEMPTING OSAGE COUNTY, KANSAS FROM EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-52

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 33, paragraph (h) of House Bill No. 2016, the Board of County Commissioners may issue an order relating to public health that includes provisions that are less stringent than the provisions of an executive order effective statewide issued by the Governor.

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners has consulted with the Osage County Health officer regarding the Governor’s July 2, 2020 executive order and makes the following findings:

a.) Covid-19 cases remain low in Osage County with little if any evidence of community spread.

b.) Enforcement of the Governor’s executive order mandating masks would be difficult, if not impossible and would be an unreasonable strain on county resources such as PPE and local law enforcement.

c.) Broad ranging recommendations on safety precautions to fight the potential spread of Covid-19 better serve the public’s overall interests than Governmental mandates.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED by the Board of County Commissioners of Osage County, Kansas, that Osage County is hereby exempt from the requirements set forth in Executive Order No. 20-52 issued by the Governor of the State of Kansas.

IT IS SO ORDERED this 2nd day of July, 2020.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Supreme Court requires face coverings in district, appellate court proceedings

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Supreme Court today issued an administrative order requiring district and appellate courts to comply with the governor’s order requiring people to wear face coverings in public areas to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Administrative Order 2020-PR-090, effective July 3, 2020, requires district and appellate courts to comply with Gov. Laura Kelly’s Executive Order No. 20-52, requiring the use of face coverings in public, even though the governor’s order exempts court proceedings.

The Supreme Court order requires all court employees, judicial officers, and members of the public to wear a face covering in any courtroom, court office, or other facility used for a court proceeding. Face coverings must also be worn in any nonpublic court office unless physical shields are in place.

Courts are required to comply even if local county commissions opt out of the governor’s executive order.

“We must protect the health and safety of court users, staff, and judicial officers during this pandemic,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “The use of face coverings, hygiene practices, protective shielding, and social distancing will allow us to do that as we conduct court proceedings across the state.”

The Supreme Court order allows a judge to waive the face covering requirement under certain circumstances set out in the order.

Gov. Kelly signs executive order mandating masks in public spaces

Simple, proactive way to keep Kansans safe, and keep Kansas businesses open

TOPEKA, Kan. – Gov. Laura Kelly today issued Executive Order No. 20-52 requiring that most Kansans must wear a mask while in public spaces, and in places where individuals are unable to maintain social distancing of six feet.

The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020, and will remain in place until rescinded or until the current statewide state of disaster emergency expires – whichever is earlier.

“The last few months have presented many new challenges for Kansans, and all of us want to return to our normal lives and routines,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, we have seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across our state and our country. We must act.

‘Viruses don’t stop at county lines. This order doesn’t change where you can go or what you can do. But wearing a mask is a simple and effective way to keep Kansans healthy and keep Kansas open for business.”

Under the order, Kansans are required to wear masks when inside any public space – including their workplace – or in situations where social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained. Guidance regarding specific places or situations in which masks are required is outlined within the order.

Kansans under five years of age, those with medical conditions, and others specifically outlined in the order are exempt from these requirements.

KDHE adds states to travel quarantine list, removes others

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has added two states to the COVID-19 quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida, and removed Maryland. This is in effect for persons arriving in or returning to Kansas today, June 29, 2020, and moving forward. The state will review/update this list every two weeks.

A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have:

  • Traveled to South Carolina and Florida on or after June 29.
  • Traveled to Alabama, Arizona and Arkansas on or after June 17.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
  • Traveled internationally on or after March 15.

Others who need to continue quarantining include those who have received notification from public health officials, state or local, that they have been in close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

States added to this list are determined by evaluating new cases in states over a two-week period, then adjusting for population size, giving a case per 100,000 population, which can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates (approximately three times higher) are added to the list.

Travel quarantines do not prohibit travel through Kansas. People from these locations may still travel through Kansas. If this is done, KDHE recommends limited stops, wearing a mask at rest stops or when getting gas and being six feet from others when doing so. If the destination is Kansas, they would be required to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.

Critical infrastructure sector employees who have traveled to these destinations should contact their employers regarding instructions for application of these quarantine orders. Critical infrastructure employees need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans. KDHE strongly recommends these quarantine restrictions for everyone, but recognizes that services need to continue.

Gov. Kelly announces masks must be worn statewide

TOPEKA, Kan. – Governor Laura Kelly announced today that she will sign an executive order requiring that most Kansans in public spaces must wear a mask, beginning 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3, 2020.

“This is a simple, proactive step we can take to keep Kansans at work, get our kids back to school, and keep ourselves and our neighbors healthy,” Governor Kelly said. “Wearing a mask is not only safe – but it is necessary to avoid another shut down.

“Remember, my mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” Kelly said. “We’re all in this together.”

Under the order, most Kansans must wear masks in stores and shops, restaurants, and in any situation in which social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained, including outside. The executive order will be released on Thursday, and will provide specific guidance regarding under what circumstances masks must be worn.

“I know Kansans will have many questions about this order – and we will answer them when it is released later this week,” Kelly said. “But by announcing the requirement today, people in our state will have the appropriate time to acquire the masks.”

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office will work with officials in Kelly’s administration to ensure that the order complies with Kansas law.

For more information on COVID-19 in Kansas, visit www.covid.ks.gov.

Osage County confirms 2 more COVID-19 cases; 3 currently infected, 10 recovered

In a social media post Sunday, the Osage County Health Department announced it had confirmed two new positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, making a total of 13 known cases since the pandemic reached Osage County. Ten people are reported as recovered from the disease, and there are three current active cases and 30 reported as in quarantine, as of today, June 29, 2020.

The new cases are reported to be a 48-year-old female who resides in central Osage County, and a 16-year-old male who lives in the northern part of the county.

The social media post said that close contacts of the individuals have been notified. OCHD reported today that 805 tests have had negative results in the county.

Osage County’s new cases come as Kansas is showing a spike in confirmed cases, having recorded 428 cases Friday, and 238 Saturday. Total, as of today, Kansas has 14,443 positive cases, with 270 deaths. More than 162,000 negative test results have been recorded in the state.

As records levels of COVID-19 cases were being set across the U.S. over the last week, two more states have been added to Kansas’ quarantine list, South Carolina and Florida.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced today that she will issue an executive order requiring people to wear masks in all public spaces, effective July 3, 2020.

Osage County confirms 11th COVID-19 case

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the United States and yesterday Osage County confirmed its 11th positive COVID-19 case since the pandemic began.

The Osage County Health Department reported in a social media post yesterday, June 25, 2020, that the infected person is a 36-year-old male who lives in the northern part of Osage County. He was reported as being in isolation and doing well.

The health department post said it had been in contact with close contacts of the infected person and they are also quarantined. The department’s COVID-19 counter shows nine people are currently under quarantine in the county.

Osage County currently has one positive case and 10 recovered cases, and 760 people tested have had negative results.

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