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Osage City Library reopens for patron services; kicks off summer reading program

The Osage City Public Library has reopened for patrons to come in and check out items.  Staff will continue to wipe down all items returned with disinfectant wipes, and place them in quarantine for 72 hours before they become available for checking out. This also will include items that are on reserved.

The library will begin having public computers available Monday, June 8, 2020. There will be a limited number of computers available and a 30-minute time limit for use for social distancing purposes.

Readers of all ages are encouraged to stop in and sign up for the 2020 Summer Library Program.

The library will continue to hand out five lunches and milks to those ages 1 to 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Currently, the library hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, stop by Osage City Public Library, 515 Main St., Osage City, Kan., or call 785-528-3727.

Sheriff’s office and jail services to resume as county begins reopening

LYNDON, Kan. – Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has announced procedure changes at facilities under her authority as the county begins reopening phases due to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

In a press release issued today, the sheriff reminded visitors that the Osage County Jail and Osage County Sheriff’s Office have small lobbies, and six-foot social distancing should be observed prior to entering the lobbies. (If there is an emergency, enter the building as usual.)

Other reopening procedures include:

Kansas Highway Patrol vehicle identification number inspections will resume as of today, May 27, 2020, from 9 a.m. to noon. Inspections will be done in the garage area of the jail due to the size of the lobby.

Registered offenders can resume registering in person at the sheriff’s office as of May 28.

On June 1, the jail will begin public and court order process fingerprinting. Everyone must wear a mask in the jail facility, and must wash hands prior to fingerprinting and after.

Fingerprinting will be for Osage County residents, except for court ordered processes, and includes fingerprinting for concealed carry, teachers, nursing, firearm licenses and purchases, and court ordered. Fingerprinting will be done 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, contact the jail at 785-828-4991. A reminder to jail visitors, if someone is in the lobby, wait before entering due to the size of the lobby.

On June 7, inmate visitation will begin with changes. Visitation will now be held 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Visitors must schedule their 20-minute visit by calling 785-828-4991. One visit will occur every 30 minutes, allowing time to clean the visitation area. All visitors must wear a mask during visitation.

At this time, no religious services or NA or AA meetings will be allowed in the jail. Arrangements can be made with prior approval for an inmate to have time with visitation with clergy as needed. This policy will be in effect until at least July 1.

For more information, contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, and the Osage County Jail at 785-828-4991 or 702 Ash St., Lyndon.

Governor signs disaster declaration, warns grave consequences without legislative action

TOPEKA, Kan. – Yesterday, Governor Laura Kelly announced a series of actions her administration is taking to respond to the emergency situation COVID-19 currently presents to the economy and to public safety.

After careful review, Kelly has vetoed House Bill 2054. This sweeping, hastily crafted legislation pushed through the Kansas Legislature last week includes provisions that will damage Kansas’ ability to respond to COVID-19 and all future disasters. The bill also weakens local county health officer authorities and adds unnecessary layers of bureaucracy to their emergency response efforts.

Kelly has signed a new state disaster declaration to ensure that Kansas can effectively respond to the current emergency situation, which includes an unprecedented economic emergency and the imminent threat of new outbreaks of COVID-19, specifically regarding food supply. This will also ensure the state can continue its coordinated response with federal and state partners.

Kelly has called a special session starting June 3. She has asked the Legislature to put politics aside, work with her, and deliver an emergency management bill that has been vetted, debated, is transparent and addresses the need to keep Kansans safe and healthy.

“As I’ve said from day one, the safety and well-being of Kansans is my number one priority. What the Legislature sent to my desk does not protect Kansans. It does not help Kansans. It puts their lives at risk,” Kelly said. “I’m calling on the Legislature to come back and put a carefully crafted, bipartisan bill on my desk that will provide the resources Kansans need, in a timely manner. We must stop putting Kansans at risk.”

KDHE recommends self-quarantine for Kansans who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is recommending voluntary 14-day self-quarantine for those Kansans who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., over the Memorial Day weekend and did not use protective measures, such as social distancing and face masks. Over the holiday weekend, large crowds were reported at the Lake of the Ozarks with no protective practices being followed.

“The reckless behavior displayed during this weekend risks setting our community back substantially for the progress we’ve already made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary. “If you traveled to Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend, we urge you to act responsibly and self-quarantine to protect your neighbors, co-workers and family.”

While Lake of the Ozarks is not currently on the mandated travel list, KDHE is urging those who traveled over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Kansas.

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.

4th Judicial District courts to reopen May 26

OTTAWA, Kan. – The Fourth Judicial District has announced its court offices and courtrooms in Anderson, Coffey, Franklin, and Osage counties will reopen to the public on May 26, 2020. Citizens are asked to call the court office before visiting or attending court, as most hearings will be held remotely by Zoom or teleconference. Anyone with a court date is asked to call prior to the date for assistance in setting up a Zoom hearing, possibly avoiding traveling to court altogether. Court staff can also assist with common questions by phone or email, and help make arrangements for in-person hearings if needed.

Under order of the Supreme Court and with input from local public health officials, the court has developed safety precautions and will implement a plan with the following requirements. Visitors must:

  • Pass a COVID-19 screening questionnaire, developed with input from the CDC, KDHE, and local health departments.
  • Wear a mask. If you have a mask already, please bring your own. The court will have a supply of disposable masks for those who do not.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Maintain six feet of social distance.

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed in a courtroom. The public will still be able to attend court, but the COVID-19 precautions will limit available seating. Anyone wishing to observe court is asked to call ahead for assistance. Some hearings will be available to view online.

For more information about the Fourth Judicial District’s COVID-19 precautions, contact John K. Steelman, district court administrator, Fourth Judicial District of Kansas, 785-242-6000. For information about procedures and access to Osage County District Court, call 785-828-4514.

Osage County confirms 7th COVID-19 case; 6 recovered

The Osage County Health Department has reported that a seventh positive COVID-19 case has been confirmed in the county.

In a social media post May 18, 2020, the health department reported the infected individual is a 51-year-old female who lives in the southern part of Osage County. She was reported as doing well and quarantined at home.

The post said the health department is working on contact tracing and will contact anyone who has had significant contact with the patient.

As of yesterday, May 20, the department reported that Osage County has had six recovered cases, with currently only one positive case and four people under ordered quarantine. The county reports 331 negative test results.

The department reported Osage County does not have any evidence of local transmission of the virus.

Sheriff’s office to discontinue grocery delivery except for those quarantined

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office has been providing assistance for groceries, medications and Help House to those in need since the county was put under a stay at home order on March 28, 2020. Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said the office had helped approximately 125 households since then.

“This service could not have been done without the help from Jerry’s Thriftway, Auburn Pharmacy, Schroeder Drugs and Carbondale Thriftway,” Dunn said.

Effective today, May 20, 2020, the sheriff’s office will discontinue those services except for anyone under quarantine or COVID 19 positive and who has no other way to receive groceries or medications.  For more information, call the sheriff’s office administrative number, 785-828-4657, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The sheriff encouraged everyone to remain cautious as the stay at home orders are lessened.

“As the governor’s orders for COVID 19 begin to change please continue to use your safety precautions as you are out and about and stay home when you can,” Dunn said.

Osage City Aquatic Center to open according to state’s pandemic phase

OCPR-logo-redOSAGE CITY, Kan. – The city of Osage City and Osage City Parks and Recreation have announced the Osage City Aquatic Center will open for the 2020 summer season June 15 and be open until Aug. 9. These dates are contingent upon the state of Kansas pandemic phasing plan status.

Swim team has been cancelled for this summer. Swim lesson information will be posted in early June, based upon the state’s phase status.

Water aerobic information will be posted when determined.

Osage County reports 6th COVID-19 case

17-year-old female, family members quarantined

The Osage County Health Department reported in a social media post yesterday, May 11, 2020, that Osage County has identified a new positive COVID-19 case, the sixth case for the county.

The post said health department staff is currently in contact with the patient, a 17-year-old female. She is in quarantine, along with close family contacts, the department reported.

The post said investigation of contacts with the individual continues, and anyone who has been in close contact with the person will be contacted by the health department.

The current case brings the total to six for Osage County, with five individuals reported to have recovered from the virus.

The health department also reported 41 new negative tests and two individuals quarantined over the weekend.

Attorney general to review state’s use of criminal law to enforce emergency orders

TOPEKA – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today said his office has been asked for its formal legal opinion on whether a state law that authorizes criminal prosecution of Kansans who violate emergency orders issued by the governor is constitutional and enforceable. The attorney general issued the following statement:

“I continue to encourage all Kansans to follow the recommendations of public health professionals to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as our economy and communities reopen. At the same time, a local prosecuting attorney has requested our office review whether violations of emergency orders issued by the governor may lawfully be enforced and punished as crimes. We have agreed to conduct that legal review.

“An unprecedented 27 statewide emergency executive orders have been issued in the past eight weeks on subjects ranging widely from stay-home, mass gatherings and business closures to alcohol sales, evictions and trash collection. The Kansas constitution grants the legislature, not the governor, power to define what behavior may subject Kansans to potential arrest, criminal prosecution, fines or imprisonment. No appellate court has determined whether the legislature, through provisions of the Kansas Emergency Management Act, has lawfully delegated that power to the governor. Even if delegation is generally permissible, we have been asked specific legal questions that could affect the ability of law enforcement and prosecutors to criminally enforce emergency orders under authority of K.S.A. 48-939. We are working diligently and will issue our formal legal opinion on these important questions as soon as possible.”

Flint Hills Technical College plans for upcoming summer, fall semesters

EMPORIA, Kan. – Flint Hills Technical College President Dean Hollenbeck has outlined the college’s plans for upcoming summer and fall semesters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our primary goal is to continue to provide quality hands-on education while keeping all of our students and employees safe,” Dr. Hollenbeck said. “We are communicating regularly with the Lyon County Health Department and working collaboratively with them to determine best practices moving forward.”

The majority of Flint Hills Technical College summer courses will be moved to an online format, beginning May 26, 2020. Some programs will be meeting in a face-to-face format to complete hands-on components and certifications for these programs. Students will receive notification from their program instructor with additional information.

All those on the FHTC campus will be adhering to the social distancing guidelines from the Lyon County Health Department including six-feet spacing, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing or use of hand sanitizer.

Courthouse reopens for business; citizens subject to COVID-19 screening at doorway

The Osage County Clerk’s Office has issued a press release announcing the county’s health department, noxious weed department, transfer station and recycling center are now open regular hours.

The release said the Osage County Courthouse will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. as of May 4, 2020. Courthouse visitors will have their temperature taken and be asked a series of travel questions. Two visitors per office will be allowed into the offices to conduct business. Driver’s license services are currently not available but tags can be renewed by appointment only. Some county services may be limited due to state support being unavailable.

The release said all offices and departments are following COVID-19 protocol and practicing social distancing.

Senior center plans for reopening; thrift sale items sought

The Osage County Senior Center is looking forward to reopening to the public, likely by June 1, 2020, if not before, center director Tammy Fager reports.

Reopening has begun with scheduling of some events, including a tentative date set for the center’s thrift sale on July 17.

The center is currently accepting donations of items for the sale, and staff is available at the center 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. For afternoon donations, contact the center and arrangements can be made to have someone available to accept the items.

The thrift sale will depend on whether enough donated items are received to hold a sale.

For more information, contact Fager at the senior center, 785-528-1170, or 604 Market St., Osage City, Kan.

ECAT opens food pantry for drive-up service

ECAT’s food pantry will be open for drive-up service 1-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the month of May.

Clients are asked to pull up to the front door and honk; someone will come out and take their information. Food boxes will be made depending on family size and delivered at recipient’s vehicle.

Recipients must live in USD 420. ECAT’s pantry service is available only for food at this time.

Ecumenical Christian Action Team is at 306 S. Martin St., Osage City, Kan.

Lyndon Library implements reopening plan; limited services begin May 11

Lyndon Carnegie Library is implementing a plan to reopen in phases, with this week being phase one and the library remaining closed for preparations.

In phase two, beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, the library building will remain closed, but librarians Genea Reynolds and Sharon Culley will provide curbside service 1- 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Items may be requested by phone at 785-828-4520, or placed on hold through the NEXT system, available at www.lyndonlibrary.org. Holds can only be for local holdings only, as the courier service will not be running until June 1.

At the library bagged returns will be accepted at the book drop after hours, or in the tub on the table at the top of the ramp. Anyone needing someone to come to your vehicle or house for pick up or delivery is asked to call 785-828-4520. All returns will have a 72-hour hold for cleaning before returning to the catalog. There will be no fines on returns. For other services, call the library for information.

Phase two is set to last until June 1, the tentative start date for phase three of the reopening plan. Phase three is expected to open the library on a limited basis, with a limit on the number of patrons in the library at one time and computer use requiring scheduling.

ECKAN hosts free diaper, wipes, formula distribution

ECKAN Osage County Center will be a distribution point for free diapers, wipes and formula 9-11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020. The free event is hosted by ECKAN in cooperation with Lifecare Center, which will have a bus in front of the ECKAN office at 530 Holliday St., Osage City, Kan. For more information, contact ECKAN at 785-528-5184 or [email protected].

Osage City reopens recycling collection station

Osage City’s recycling station is back in operation as of Monday, May 4, 2020. The recycling collection point is at Osage City’s street department at 216 S. Ninth St.

Thank you signs help fund local pandemic relief efforts

An ongoing fundraiser for the The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund is the sales of “thank you” signs for windows and yards.

The Greater Emporia Disaster Relief Fund was recently organized to support the needs of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals in Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage, Wabaunsee, and Woodson counties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoting the fund as a donation hub is one way all organizations and individuals in the multi-county region can support local disaster relief efforts during the pandemic. The goal of the collaboration is to provide conduits for donations and for support of nonprofit organizations or businesses, and to collectively help the region weather the impacts of the pandemic.

An ongoing fundraiser, by Emporia Main Street and KVOE, is selling yard and window signs to help raise money for the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund.

The signs say thank you to “Hometown Heroes” and are 24 inches by 18 inches and printed in full color on both sides. Proceeds from sign sales will go to the Greater Emporia Area Disaster Relief Fund for COVID-19 support. In Osage County, orders placed by noon May 4, 2020, will be available for pickup at Osage Garden and Produce, Osage City, on May 8.

To order signs online, see emporiamainstreet.com. Indicate your pickup location when ordering.

The fund is also accepting donations and donors can designate their donation to be used only in Osage County. Donors are also reminded that if they make a $300 or less charitable donation, the CARES Act allows for up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in an above-the-line deduction for charitable gifts made in 2020 and claimed on taxes in 2021.

SOS 24/7 Helpline and services are still available

Most of us are safe at home, but for some, home is not a sanctuary, it is a prison. Many adults and children are trapped in homes with abuse, rape, violence and neglect. Due to COVID-19, these situations have escalated. Local law enforcement has shown a 50 percent increase in 2020 compared to this same time last year. These victims have limited access to resources and contacts outside of their home. They are likely unable to call for help because their abuser is always nearby.

These facts help to describe the scale of this threat:

  • 34 percent of people who sexually abuse a child are family members of the child.
  • In 74 percent of the cases of Kansas children removed from their home and placed in foster care in 2019, the primary reason was abuse or neglect.
  • 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year (90 percent are eyewitnesses).
  • 1 in 3 female and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by an intimate partner.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • 20 people every minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S.

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 for safety planning, protection orders and resources. Our domestic shelter is continuing to house clients as needed. SOS CASA of the Flint Hills staff is available, and our CASA volunteers continue their advocacy while practicing physical distancing. The Child Visitation and Exchange Center is offering virtual supervised visits and our CAC is still conducting child disclosure interviews with a few additional health precautions in place.

Osage County has fifth confirmed COVID-19 case

62-year-old man infected; possibly connected to out of county outbreak

OSAGE COUNTY, Kan. – The Osage County Health Department reported today, April 22, 2020, a fifth case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Osage County.

The individual who tested positive for the virus is a 62-year-old male, and is reported as doing well.

A social media post from OCHD said the individual has been in quarantine since his symptoms began, and information gathered so far indicates this case is connected to an outbreak outside of Osage County.

The health department continues to investigate and is working in conjunction with another county health department on the case. OCHD’s post said that people who have been in contact with the individual will be contacted directly by the health department.

With today’s confirmed case, Osage County currently has one known active positive case and four known recovered cases.

The health department encourages people to continue to wash their hands frequently, practice safe social distancing, stay at home except for essential outings, and practice good hygiene.

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