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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 http://www.savealifenow.org/ to sign up to donate blood; follow local, county and state response guidelines.

Home Town Health Care: You can still rely on us to be there for you

During a time of your greatest need, Home Town Health Care’s home health and hospice staff is trained and equipped with the most up-to-date information and recommendations from the CDC and KDHE. As Covid-19 continues to spread through counties in Kansas, you can still rely on Home Town Health Care for your home health and hospice needs.

Our nurses and aides are trained on the proper precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and protect the health of our patients and communities. As others cancel or reduce visits, Home Town Health Care is able to help qualifying patients with lab testing, critical therapy, and medical needs in the safety of your home. We are continuing to help people who have medical needs, are unsafe to leave their homes, or can’t leave.

In this time of uncertainty, you can rest assured that Home Town Health Care will be there to care for you.

Call us at Lyndon 785-310-0000, or Emporia 620-342-2600.

Home Town Home Health and Hospice. There to Care.

Higher Power Health & Yoga schedules online classes

Higher Power Health & Yoga is now holding yoga classes online, either via Zoom or Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome to join.

Our Facebook page is Higher Power Health & Yoga. You can also visit our website for the schedule and other information: www.higherpowerhealth.net

Wishing everyone health and safety,

Michelle Robert, Owner
Higher Power Health & Yoga, Osage City, KS

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 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.

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.

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.

Edward Jones, Osage City: We’re here for you, but call us

Edward Jones, at Osage City, Kan., is open for business but has been closed to public access. We are still here to answer your questions.  You may reach us at 785-528-8177.  Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  If we are unavailable, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Integrity Insurance Agency: Working and ready to serve you – just call

At Integrity Insurance Agency, our offices will be closed to the public until further notice. The entire team of Integrity Insurance Agency is working and ready to serve you. Please stay safe during these unprecedented times in our world today. We very much appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you when all this clears.

To contact us, please call 785-233-5401, and we can help you.

You can also make payments over the phone via e-check, debit card, credit card, or pre-pay card. To make a payment, call 785-233-5401. Customers are also encouraged to add the Integrity Insurance Agency Agentero app to your Smartphone.

Integrity Insurance Agency, 2047 SW Topeka Blvd Suite C, Topeka, 785-233-5401; Lyndon, 785-756-4055; Burlington, 620-364-1300.

Kathy’s Kitchen, Melvern, serves up down home cooking to go

This is a very challenging time we are all facing, but everyone still has to eat!

In an effort to continue flattening the corona virus curve, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Kathy’s Kitchen, at Melvern, Kan., will be temporarily closing the dining room, and switching to take-out and call-in orders only, curbside pick-up Monday- Saturday 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 785-549-3535 to place your order. Find their menu on Facebook.

To help make this process go as smoothly as possible for everyone, they encourage paying with a credit card over the phone. When placing your order, they will take your name, phone number, and brief description of your vehicle. When you arrive, simply pull into a parking space in front of the restaurant, a friendly, hand-sanitized, staff member will bring your order out to you as quickly as possible.

From everyone at Kathy’s Kitchen, “We look forward to returning to normalcy and having all of you gathered around our tables again very soon! In the meantime, make the best of it, wash your hands, and stay healthy! Thank you for your continued support during these troubling times!”

For more information, call Kathy’s Kitchen, 785-549-3535, 117 SW Main St., Melvern.

Jerry’s Thriftway changes hours for pandemic response

Jerry’s Thriftway, Osage City, will not have a weekly flyer for the next two weeks beginning March 25, 2020. This is due to the fact that we are unable to get product to do so.

We hope everyone will be patient with us during this epidemic. We are trying our best to keep the shelves stocked with the products we are able to get. We understand that many of you are frustrated with the situation and believe me we are just as frustrated.

Due to the Corona outbreak, we are changing our store hours so that we are able to clean and restock our shelves.

New store hours:
Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we are trying to keep our customers safe. Thank you for shopping your hometown first.

Your friends at Jerry’s

Order of the Board of Health/Public Health Officer Prohibiting or Restricting Public Gatherings

Editor’s note: The following order was issued by the Osage County Public Health Officer, Saturday, March 21, 2020. It is published here as a public service.

Order of the Board of Health/Public Health Officer
Prohibiting or Restricting Public Gatherings
(Issued under the Authority Granted by K.S.A. 65-119(a))

March 21, 2020

The Board of Health/Public Health Officer hereby issues the following prohibitions or restrictions regarding certain businesses and/or gatherings in Osage County:

  1. This order shall apply to all restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, community centers, fitness centers, and clubs.
    These locations are hereby ordered closed to the public effective at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice.
    Any such establishment may continue to provide carryout, drive-through and delivery food and beverage services.
    Any establishment that provides any kind of public self-service food or beverage such as buffets, salad bars, coffee shops, and convenience stores may remain open, but must close the self-serve portions of their business. This order does not allow for there to be any dine-in seating whatsoever at the establishments listed in the order.
  2. All large public gatherings of people in the County are prohibited. Large public gatherings are those with more than ten (10) people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for governmental functions and deemed essential industries as defined by U.S. Homeland Security.
  3. Religious services, funerals, and memorial services (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) are authorized to have more than ten (10) people in attendance, but must ensure appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet between co-habiting members.
  4. In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state, and local public health officials for social distancing and infection control measures.
  5. The order may be supplanted or modified as required for the effective and efficient management and control of the Coronavirus epidemic in Osage County by further order or direction of the Osage County Board of Public Health or by the Osage County Local Health Officer.

This order will remain in effect until further notice from the Board of Health or Health Officer.  Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to the Osage County Public Health Department at (785) 828-3117, or to the Osage County COVID-19 Hotline at (785) 219-1680.

Jackie Patterson, RN, BSN
Osage County Public Health Officer

March 21, 2020

e.b.Sprouts: Dormant for 2 weeks, then start thinking about growing!

Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, we will be closed until April 6.

It has been with careful consideration that we have decided to close e.b Sprouts for two weeks in our effort to help prevent and/or reduce the spread of COVID 19.

If the situation improves we will open sooner. We hope that our customers understand and will also heed the warnings of social distancing in order to stop the spread of this virus and help keep our community and families safe.

In the event of a funeral service, we will take phone orders and deliver to the funeral home, please call and leave a message if no answer and we will get back to you.

It is our goal to stay healthy during this time in order to be ready for when the busy growing season does arrive. Which now more than ever is the perfect time for growing our own food! We intend on having a full greenhouse with veggie starts, annuals and perennials, and as always lots of cool decorating ideas when we reopen and the weather is ready.

Thank you to our customers, we so appreciate your business over the last six years and hope you all stay healthy through all these unknowns. See you soon!

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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