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KDEM to distribute Kansas’ portion of Strategic National Stockpile this weekend

TOPEKA, Kan. – FEMA has delivered Kansas’ portion of the Strategic National Stockpile and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will coordinate distribution of these critical resources to all 105 counties beginning this weekend to help communities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.

The equipment included in the stockpile are: N95 masks, surgical masks, face shields, surgical gowns, and gloves.

The Kansas National Guard and the Kansas Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will distribute these materials throughout the state based on each county’s population. Hospitals and local jurisdictions are encouraged to continue to work with their vendors and order needed supplies.

“We know more supplies will be needed and we are aggressively seeking vendors nationwide and have established contracts for more personal protective equipment,” said Angee Morgan, alternate Governor’s authorized representative, Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “This is a combined response effort between federal, state and local jurisdictions and we appreciate everything local leaders and communities are doing.”

There are many ways people can contribute to these efforts, including: Purchase only what is needed for your household and please do not stockpile supplies; there is an urgent need for blood. Go to to sign up to donate blood; follow local, county and state response guidelines.

Check the facts, don’t spread rumors

The Kansas National Guard needs your help to dispel a rumor that is being shared on social media platforms. Individuals are receiving a letter or graphic that falsely claims the Department of Homeland Security will mobilize the National Guard to enforce a national quarantine.

The Department of Homeland Security does not have the authority to mobilize the National Guard as described in the graphic. Additionally, there is no discussion of a nationwide quarantine.

There might be National Guard men and women seen working in communities. There are 72 Guardsmen on state active duty status currently supporting the COVID-19 response conducting warehouse operations, commodity distribution, planning, access control, mailroom support, and manning the State Emergency Operations Center with interagency partners.

Members of the Kansas National Guard live, work and raise families in the communities they serve. It truly is neighbors helping neighbors. Any help you can provide in dispelling unfounded rumors would be helpful to all of us as we battle COVID-19 together.

Please help us to stop this rumor.The National Guard is messaging it on all of its social media platforms but we need everyone’s help to reach a wider audience.

Hashtags #KSRumorWatch, #SpreadFactsNotFear, and #StoptheRumors are being used to help stop the rumors.

If people have questions about whether something is legitimate or not, they are encouraged to contact the Adjutant General’s Department, Topeka, Kan., 785-646-0092.

Attendees at Kansas City church conference warned of possible COVID-19 exposure

TOPEKA, Kan. – People who attended the Kansas East Jurisdiction’s 2020 Ministers and Workers Conference at the Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ located at 2106 Quindaro Blvd, Kansas City, KS, 66104 from March 16-22, may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This event has been identified as a place of exposure for multiple people in Kansas who have since become ill and tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who attended this event and developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19 between 2 and 14 days later is asked to call their local health department.

Symptoms for COVID-19 appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other rarer symptoms that may develop include malaise, sore throat and diarrhea.

If you develop any of these symptoms, but are not ill enough to seek medical care, you must stay home for at least 7 days after symptom started or for 72 hours after fever is gone (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and with a significant improvement in symptoms, whichever is longer.

If you develop these symptoms and need to seek medical care, call your healthcare provider beforehand to inform them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and require medical attention.

KDOC confirms 3 COVID-19 cases at Lansing Correctional Facility

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Corrections Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced today that three staff members working at Lansing Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19. These are the first positive cases within a KDOC facility.

The cases include a male over the age of 20 and two females over the age of 40. In order to protect the identity of these staff, no other information will be released.

KDOC has been in consultation with officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on next steps to address these circumstances. As a result of that consultation with KDHE, the following steps are being implemented immediately:

A medical investigation to ascertain who among staff and residents have been in close contact with these staff.

Notifying those persons that they have had contact with a COVID-19 confirmed case.

Moving those residents who have had close contact to medical isolation where they will be monitored for symptoms.

Remaining diligent in monitoring other staff and residents for symptoms.

“With a virus that moves and changes as quickly as the coronavirus we anticipated that this day may come,” Zmuda said. “With the support and guidance of KDHE and Governor Kelly, and the hard work of our staff members, we are ready to care for our residents and those we serve in the community.”

KDHE confirms third COVID-19 case in Osage County

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – In its daily  statewide COVID-19 update today, March 31, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed a third case of coronavirus in Osage County. A post on social media by the Osage County Health Department said all parties involved are in quarantine and anyone who is considered a potential exposure risk will be identified and contacted.

Yesterday, OCHD announced a second case in Osage County involving a 46-year-old female, and the virus was confirmed from testing sent to KDHE’s laboratory. On Friday, OCHD confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Osage County; a 48-year-old female had tested positive through KDHE testing. The age and sex of the third individual has not been reported.

Osage County has been under a stay at home order since Monday of last week in response to the pandemic; Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay at home order effective at 12:01 a.m. March 30.

KDHE confirms second COVID-19 case in Osage County

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department has announced a second case of coronavirus in Osage County as of today, March 30, 2020. A press release from the department said the positive case involves a 46-year-old female, and the virus was confirmed from testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory.

OCHD said no other information about the patient would be released and that she had been in quarantine since testing was initiated. Officials are to identify close contacts of the individual and contact those who were exposed as soon as possible, and monitor them for fever and respiratory symptoms. OCHD is considering close contact as being within six feet for a prolonged period, 10 minutes or longer, or having direct contact with the patient’s infectious secretions.

On Friday, OCHD confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in Osage County; a 48-year-old female had tested positive through KDHE testing.

Osage County has been under a stay at home order since Monday of last week to help stop the spread of the disease, but at 12:01 a.m. today a statewide stay at home order issued by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also went into effect.

Eat Well to Be Well: What to know about food safety and COVID-19

By Cheryl Mussatto MS, RD, LD

News on COVID-19 has overtaken our lives like no other worldwide event in many, many years. From vigilant hand washing to practicing social distancing, no one has been spared the magnitude this unseen virus has unleashed. Many are questioning, what about food safety? Can COVID-19 be transmitted through eating and what can we do to protect ourselves and others?

During this historic and unprecedented time, this is what you need to know concerning the safety of what you are eating and reduce chance of viral contamination:

Is the U.S. food supply safe?

The short answer is yes, the U.S. food supply is safe. The 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) is not a foodborne illness but rather a respiratory illness. It attacks the lungs but not the digestive system, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Viruses such as norovirus, salmonella, and hepatitis A can be contracted through contaminated food and water. However, Covid-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2 which causes respiratory illnesses but with no known means of transmission through food. This virus is believed to be mainly spread from being in close contact (less than 6 feet) with other people through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. People exposed to these droplets that land in their mouth or nose, can be inhaled into the lungs. While the virus may be transmitted by touching a surface or object with it and then touching your mouth or nose, this not believed to be the main mode of transmission. Preventing foodborne illnesses can be achieved by practicing the 4 steps of food safety :

  • Clean – Wash kitchen surfaces often and always wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, or going to the bathroom
  • Separate – Do not cross contaminate
  • Cook – Cook to proper temperature
  • Chill – Refrigerate or freeze promptly

How can I be sure eating takeout from restaurants is safe during COVID-19?

This is a valid question that is natural for us to worry about. We want to support local restaurants by ordering take out or delivery options but to also be safe. Generally it is safe to order and eat takeout food – restaurant employees are well-trained and will be wearing gloves. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture currently state that there is no evidence COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging.

Foods that are well-cooked should be free of any microbes and safe for consumption. Undercooked or raw foods have more of a risk of carrying a virus that can cause a digestive illness – food safety experts agree that foods that are properly cooked for a long enough time at a high enough temperature can kill harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. During this pandemic, the main concerns would be if someone working at the restaurant is infected with the virus, coughs or sneezes and the droplets land on the food. If the takeout food is delivered to your home, have the delivery person leave the food at your doorstep. Remove takeout food from the container or box (throw this away) and place on a plate – do not eat food while still in a takeout box. You can also use a cloth of soap and water to wipe down the takeout containers before removing the food, if you want. Be sure to wash your hands before eating.

Frontier Extension District still providing education

Due to the KSRE COVID-19 Response Protocol, all Frontier Extension District offices are temporarily closed, and all face-to-face events have been cancelled or postponed until May 16, 2020. However, all district employees are still working via telecommunication and are available to respond to requests.

Phone calls to the district offices are being forwarded to another number or are monitored remotely. To reach the Lyndon office call 785-828-4438; Ottawa, call 785-229-3520; and Garnett, call 785-448-6826.

Many services such as sending soil tests, or purchasing a radon kit, are still available to the public.  However, district employees are currently practicing social distancing as they respond to requests. Just phone your local office in advance to make arrangements. Other programs may be offered online, or through video-conferencing.

AG Derek Schmidt: Kansas COVID-19-related price gouging complaints top 100

TOPEKA, Kan. – More than 100 complaints alleging price gouging have been filed since the state’s anti-profiteering law was triggered by the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency related to COVID-19, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

As of yesterday, the attorney general’s office had received 107 price gouging complaints since the law went into effect March 12, 2020. Some of those complaints have been referred to local prosecutors and others have been assigned to investigators within the attorney general’s office for follow up.

“The price gouging law is designed to prohibit profiteering from a disaster by unjustifiably raising prices of goods and services needed by the public,” Schmidt said. “We are reviewing every complaint and investigating those that show a possible violation of the law.”

The anti-profiteering law, which is enforced by the attorney general and county and district attorneys, generally prohibits unjustifiably raising prices for goods and services for which consumer demand is likely to increase because of the virus outbreak. A price increase is presumed unjustified if it exceeds by 25 percent or more the price at which the goods or services were available on March 11 or the price for which the same goods or services are available from other sellers in the trade area.

I-35 section to be closed for bridge demolition March 27-28

KDOT plans to close Interstate 35 in both directions between the junctions of state Highway 68 and Eisenhower Road near Ottawa on Friday night into Saturday, March 27-28, 2020, for demolition of the existing Montana Road bridge over I-35.

The closure will start around 5 p.m. Friday and continue through Saturday, weather permitting. Any possible complications could delay the opening of the interstate until early Sunday, March 29.

I-35 traffic will follow the signed detour on K-68 and Eisenhower Road at Ottawa. Access to the south junction of I-35 and U.S. 59 will be maintained.

First case of COVID-19 identified in Osage County

Ed. note: The Osage County Health Department issued this press release today.

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County Health Department announced the first case of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Osage County on Friday, March 27, 2020. Testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratory identified the positive case.

The case involves a 48-year-old female Osage County resident. Privacy laws prohibit the release of further information about the patient.

Osage County Health Department will identify close contacts of the individual. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a prolonged period (10 minutes or longer) or having direct contact with infectious secretions. Officials will contact those who were exposed as soon as possible and monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. The health department will be actively monitoring the close contacts for 14 days for fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Osage County issued a stay-at-home order on March 26, 2020, to go into effect 12:01 a.m. March 28, using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Official statement from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Public visitation

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis and remains vigilant in implementing appropriate safety protocols to ensure public use areas remain safe and open to the public.

In counties with local stay at home mandates, KDWPT will work with local officials regarding any other restrictions. State parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas remain open.

License fees

KDWPT is not currently considering waiving fishing license fees. KDWPT is funded solely from the sale of licenses and permits, and that funding is crucial to keeping gates and facilities open and law enforcement in place.

“During this time of unprecedented changes, there is value in those things that can stay consistent,” said KDWPT Secretary Brad Loveless. “We’re committed to keeping Kansas’ state parks, state fishing lakes and wildlife areas open so that Kansans can continue to safely enjoy the outdoors. To achieve this, we must keep game wardens, public land managers, and park staff working in the field.”

KDHE and KDA recommend voluntary reduction in range burning

TOPEKA, Kan. – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic currently impacting all states, including Kansas, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture strongly encourage all land owners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres that they intend to burn this spring.

“With the potential for this pandemic overwhelming the state’s medical facilities, any additional respiratory concerns that could be produced from breathing smoke from prescribed fire need to be mitigated,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary.

Common health problems related to smoke can include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. Individuals with respiratory issues, including COVID-19, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and the elderly may experience worse symptoms.

With resources of the county emergency response staff already being taxed with COVID-19 response, it is important to minimize responses that would come with prescribed fire activity.

Osage County: Stay at home!

County health officer issues stay at home order

All of Osage County will be under a stay at home order effective at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, to help control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Osage County public health officer Jackie Patterson, RN, issued the public notice Thursday, noting, “Despite recent enactment of Public Health Orders (schools, bars and restaurants), lack of available metrics to monitor the effect of these measures and the potential dire consequences of delay led the Public Health Officer to conclude that further delay could lead to excess mortality.

“Early implementation of this strategy is even more important in the context of limited testing capacity. With full community cooperation, this proactive public health order can minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our Osage County community.”

The notice directs individuals to stay at home to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 through intensified social distancing.

“It is estimated that each COVID-19 positive patient could infect between 2.6 to 4 other people. Social distancing strategies are effective when implemented early enough – ideally within two weeks of the first case and are key to flattening the epidemic curve to prevent overwhelming our local health care system’s ability to care for the proportion of residents who develop severe symptoms,” the notice says.

The order urges everyone to stay at home except to perform essential services or to engage in essential activities, defined as tasks or activities that are essential to health and safety, and to practice social distancing when out.

“People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care,” the order warns.

The order outlines which businesses are considered essential and the proactive measures they must take to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements, where possible.

The order also prohibits public gatherings of more than 10 people, and empowers local law enforcement officers to enforce the order.

Osage County had previously declared a public health emergency and had closed all restaurants and bars except for carryout service, effective March 23.

For safety, Osage City schedules virtual city council meeting

City of Osage City, City Council Meeting, Virtual Meeting, 7 p.m., March 24, 2020

To help protect the health and safety of residents by slowing the rate of community spread of COVID-19 or “flattening the curve”, the Osage City Council meeting will be held as a virtual meeting.

Join this video meeting using StarLeaf (click the link below) or join with audio only at 1-669-800-5335, 1-669-202-3202, Meeting ID: 7660812; or from your smartphone, 1-669-800-5335, Meeting ID: 7660812.

Click the below link to join the meeting online:

Dial-in numbers are here:

For more information, call Osage City Clerk Terri Fultz CMC, 785-528-3714, or email [email protected].

City of Osage City, 201 S. Fifth St., PO Box 250, Osage City, KS 66523.

Sheriff’s office begins delivery patrol for homebound

Deputies, volunteers to deliver necessities to those in isolation

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is implementing a new program to assist those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sheriff’s office staff and pre-approved volunteers will pick up prescription medications, necessary groceries, and other items within Osage County for those that are unable to leave their homes. Assistance will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“We, like many others, want to help our community the best way possible, especially for those who can’t get out,” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

When calling in for this service, callers are asked to use the sheriff’s office administrative line, 785-828-4657.

The sheriff asks that prescriptions have been prepaid. For groceries, provide a list – such as bread, milk, eggs – and be willing to accept alternate brands. A deputy or volunteer will come to your house and pick up a list, cash, or a check. They ask that you fill out and sign the check other than the amount. Put the cash or check in an envelope or zip-lock type bag. They will not use debit or credit cards. Receipts will be returned with your order. If you need assistance from Help House, call them and schedule a time and they will pick it up for you.

The volunteers or deputies will not be able to pick up at Harvesters due to the time in line for pickup.

When calling in, provide your name, address, phone number, and what you need assistance with. The sheriff’s office will schedule a time and a deputy or volunteer and let you know who it will be.

If you’re ill or in isolation, let them know when you call. They will ask questions about your health for safety reasons. If you’re ill or in isolation, deputies or volunteers will be wearing protective clothing and equipment. They will meet you outside of your house and return your items outside your house unless you need assistance carrying items.

Everyone is asked to pass this information on to neighbors or those who might not see this announcement in other places.

For more information, contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office on its administrative phone line, 785-828-4657. (This administrative non-emergency line does not ring into dispatch.)

U.S. Supreme Court affirms Kahler’s capital murder conviction

James Kraig Kahler is led out of the Osage County Courthouse to the county jail after his sentencing, Oct. 10, 2011. File photo.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The U.S. Supreme Court today affirmed the capital murder conviction of James Kraig Kahler, who murdered four members of his family in Osage County, Kan., in November 2009.

A press release from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced the high court’s ruling, which found the Kansas statute for handling evidence of a criminal defendant’s mental disease or defect does not violate the due process of law guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Put another way, the Kansas law governing the “insanity” defense is constitutional.

“Contrary to Kahler’s view, Kansas takes account of mental health at both trial and sentencing,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the majority opinion. “It has just not adopted the particular insanity defense Kahler would like. That choice is for Kansas to make – and, if it wishes, to remake and remake again as the future unfolds.”

In the 1990s, Kansas adopted a revised form of insanity defense, which is now referred to as the “mental disease or defect” defense. Under Kansas law, a criminal defendant may not be held culpable if he lacks the cognitive capacity to know that his actions violate the law. But, unlike in the majority of states, a criminal defendant in Kansas may be held culpable if he does not understand that his actions, although against the law, are also morally wrong. Kansas is one of five states that does not allow acquittals of defendants who do not recognize that their actions are morally wrong.

The Kansas Supreme Court in February 2018 upheld the Kansas approach. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 opinion today, affirmed the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling.

Kahler was convicted of capital murder by an Osage County jury in August 2011 for the 2009 murders of his wife, Karen Kahler, their two teenage daughters, Emily and Lauren, and Karen Kahler’s grandmother, Dorothy Wight. The shootings occurred at Wight’s Burlingame, Kan., home.

Kahler was sentenced to death by Chief District Court Judge Phillip Fromme in October 2011.

Osage County changes courthouse procedures due to COVID-19

Editor’s note: The Osage County Commission issued the following press release Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Osage County will be limiting public access to Osage County departments and offices to take preventative measures designed to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus.

We are making arrangements to adjust services to be in the best interest of the employees and citizens of Osage County and following the interim guidance as provided by KDHE and the CDC and the Osage County Health Department.

All exterior doors of the Osage County Courthouse and various other offices will be locked and citizens should call to make appointments with the offices needed. A sheriff’s deputy will be assigned at the west door of the courthouse to accept paper work and payments for county offices.

The west door of the courthouse will be open and available for the public while the Board of County Commissioners is in open session, however, all other offices will remain locked and available by phone or appointment only.

Osage County Covid-19 Hotline ………… 785-219-1680
Emergency Management……………………. 785-828-3323
Health Department……………………………… 785-828-3117
County Treasurer ……………………………….. 785-828-4923
Motor Vehicle Department …………………. 785-828-4900
County Clerk ………………………………………. 785-828-4812
Register of Deeds ………………………………… 785-828-4523
Land Development …………………………….. 785-828-3347
County Appraiser ……………………………….. 785-828-3124
County Attorney ………………………………… 785-828-4931
Clerk of the District Court …………………… 785-828-4514
Noxious Weed …………………………………….. 785-828-3280
Public Works ………………………………………. 785-828-4416

If you do plan to visit the courthouse during this time, please remember: If you have any symptoms similar to the flu, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please do not enter the courthouse or make an appointment until symptoms have subsided and you have been fever free for at least 24 hours.

SOS still available to assist

The mission at SOS is to empower and advocate for those affected by sexual and domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. While COVID-19 is drastically affecting people’s daily lives, SOS offers assurance it is still able to provide help. Businesses and schools are closing, we have more questions than answers, and many of us don’t know what the next day, week, or month will bring. Our communities are struggling with stress, fear, anxiety, and finances.

For SOS clients, going to work or school allowed them a place of safety. For this reason, SOS’s services may be more important than ever. All SOS services remain available to our community: Domestic violence/sexual assault services, domestic violence shelter, child advocacy center interviews and advocacy, CASA volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children, and the Child Visitation and Exchange Center’s monitored exchanges and supervised visits. Because of COVID-19, our services may look a little different, but SOS is committed to the safety of our clients and will work around COVID-19 limitations to bring our community the quality advocacy we’re known for.

At SOS, we are doing our best to continue our services while focusing on the health and safety of everyone involved. We are continuing to staff our 24/7 Helpline, 800-825-1295, to connect victims with advocates and resources, and we will still house clients in our shelter as needed. Our CASA staff is available as always and our CASA volunteers continue their advocacy while practicing physical distancing. Our Child Visitation and Exchange Center is continuing to provide supervised visits, and our CAC is still conducting child disclosure interviews (both with a few additional health precautions in place).

To our clients and anyone in an abusive situation, we want you to know that you are not alone and, if it is safe to do so, call SOS at 800-825-1295.

Kansas National Guard engages in supplies distribution for COVID-19 campaign

TOPEKA – Members of the Kansas National Guard are busy planning the distribution of medical supplies recently received from the Strategic National Stockpile and other logistics for aiding in the campaign against COVID-19. They aren’t contemplating martial law, quarantine enforcement or other draconian measures outside “the realm of possibility,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the state’s adjutant general.

“There’s all kinds of social media saying the National Guard is taking over, they’re on the streets, they’re going to do this or that,” Tafanelli said.

In reality, he said, the Guard is working to relieve pressure on local communities in the same way they would after a tornado, flood or other natural disaster. That could mean the transport of medical supplies from a clandestine location to hospitals all over the state, as well as the collection and delivery of test samples.

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