Thursday, May 28, 2020

5/27/2020 - Board of County Commissioners Approve Reopening Plan

Below is the information that resulted from the special BOCC meeting held on May 27, 2020 regarding the reopening plan for Scott County. We are currently following the guidance in Phase Two of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan, with Phase Three set to begin on June 8th. The county will continue to review the plan throughout each phase to determine if we need to change course in any way.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

5/26/20 - Governor Signs Disaster Declaration

For Immediate Release: May 26, 2020
Lauren Fitzgerald, Press Secretary

Governor signs disaster declaration, calls for special session, warns of grave consequences to state without legislative action
Encourages Legislature to do what’s right to protect Kansans

TOPEKA – Today 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.

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.”

The new state disaster declaration addressing the current emergency enables Kansas to
provide the following services through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management,
the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas National Guard and the
federal government:

• Allows National Guard members supporting numerous field missions throughout the
state to serve communities in response to the disaster and threat. To date, a total of
678 National Guard personnel are supporting these missions.

• Allows KDEM and National Guard to provide vital food support to communities
and protect against threat of food supply shortages. Guard members have packed
more than two million meals which are being distributed to food banks across

• Allows KDEM and National Guard to swiftly provide medical and non-medical
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to hospitals, first responders and many more
to combat the imminent threat of COVID-19 surges. To date, over 7,000 cases of
PPE have been delivered across the state, which includes 3.2 million individual
pieces of PPE. More will be needed to address the imminent threat of new outbreaks.

• Allows KDEM to assist the Kansas Department of Corrections to provide support
personnel – including medical and food preparation personnel.

• Allows KDEM to make deliveries of Remdesivir to counties across Kansas. So far,
KDEM, along with their state agency partners which include the Kansas National
Guard, Kansas Highway Patrol and Civil Air Patrol, have made 26 deliveries of
Remdesivir to 10 counties. Remdesivir is delivered to hospitals to treat critical
patients, and this service is potentially life-saving for those patients. KDEM makes
these deliveries immediately when needed for patients throughout the state.

• Allows KDEM to continue providing non-congregate shelter for positive and
exposed persons who are essential workers. There are currently 50 contracts related
to non-congregate sheltering needed for the present disaster. Continuing to provide
this support will mitigate the threat to the food supply and the threat of surges in
COVID-19 infections.

• Allows medical workers and first responders to rely on the Battelle Critical Care
Decontamination System to decontaminate their PPE. This system is provided by
FEMA and continuing to provide this service will mitigate the threat of surges in
COVID-19 infections.

• Allows KDEM to manage donations and warehouse space necessary to store PPE.
This storage is necessary due to the threat of new COVID-19 outbreaks as statewide
restrictions are lifted and the economy reopens.

• Allows KDHE to provide community-based testing under the State Emergency
Response Plan. Increased testing will help the state mitigate the threat of, or respond
to, future outbreaks and allows businesses, employees, and customers to resume
economic activity with increased confident that outbreaks will be prevented or

• Allows KDEM to continue transporting testing samples. KDEM has transported
over 1,000 samples to state labs since April 29, 2020. By transporting the tests via
KDEM couriers, the tests arrive at the lab the same date they are collected, and
results are provided the following day. Without this same-day service, the results of
the tests will be delayed and the ability to contact-trace will be severely limited,
risking additional illness and death as well as economic insecurity.

• Allows KDEM to provide translation support. Currently, KDEM is providing 16
translators to support contact-tracing operations to mitigate the current and
imminent threat of a new COVID-19 outbreak.

• Allows the Civil Air Patrol to continue to provide needed emergency transportation.

If the state disaster declaration is not extended by the Legislature within 15 days, the
following significant problems will likely occur:

• Possible closure of meat processing plants;

• Inability to assist hog farmers with the euthanasia and disposal of excess

• The loss of unemployment benefits;

• Significant delay and possible frustration entirely of the economic
recovery of the State;

• Reduced PPE inventory for healthcare workers and first responders;

• KDEM would be unable to receive, sort, package, and transport PPE and
other commodities to health care workers and first responders;

• Food shortage and an inability of state agencies to provide the various
food programs needed to assist Kansans;

• Reduced testing and a lack of timely test results;

• Inability to conduct contact-tracing missions;

• Increased outbreaks of COVID-19 in the prison population;

• Increased outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes;

• Inability to service or transport ventilators or anesthesia machines;

• Inability to coordinate mission assignments or take emergency actions
necessary to deal with issues related to the current disaster;

• No immunity for state employees or volunteers providing vital services;

• Inability to initiate and maintain the Kansas Response Plan; and

• Increased costs to the State of Kansas as a result of losing federal funding.

Under the new disaster declaration, the operative provisions of the following Executive
Orders will be reissued:
• 20-08: Temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing
requirements to combat the effects of COVID-19
• 20-12: Driver’s license and vehicle registration and regulation during public health
• 20-13: Allowing certain deferred tax deadlines and payments during the COVID-19
• 20-17: Temporary relief from certain unemployment insurance requirements in
response to the COVID-19 pandemic
• 20-19: Extending professional and occupational licenses during the COVID-19
• 20-20: Temporarily allowing notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video
communication technology
• 20-23: Licensure, Certification, and Registration for persons and Licensure of “Adult
Care Homes” during public health emergency
• 20-27: Temporarily suspending certain rules relating to sale of alcoholic beverages
• 20-32: Temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs
• 20-33: Extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules
and regulations in response to COVID-19

5/27/20 - Board of County Commissioners Extend The Local Public Health Emergency Declaration

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

5/5/20 - KCC Extends Emergency Order Suspending Utility Disconnects

For more information contact:
Linda Berry, Director of Public Affairs
(785) 271-3269,       

KCC extends emergency order suspending utility disconnects until May 31

This morning, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved extending its emergency order suspending utility disconnects for nonpayment until May 31.   The action, taken during a Commission business meeting, will offer continued relief to those experiencing hardship from the COVID-19 virus. The directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction.

The Commission’s original suspension order was issued on March 16 to expire on April 15. On April 14, Commissioners extended the order to May 15. Today’s order runs concurrently with Executive Order 20-28 issued last week by Governor Laura Kelly. The Governor’s order prohibits utilities, not under the jurisdiction of the KCC, from disconnecting customers until May 31.

“Even as the state begins the phased reopening process, Kansans continue to deal with the financial challenges brought about by COVID-19.  Maintaining utility services is critical to ensure public health and safety as the state works toward recovery,” said Commission Chair Susan Duffy.

The Commission may elect to extend the suspension order in a subsequent order if conditions warrant.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020

4/30/20 - Positive COVID-19 Case Identified In Scott County

4/30/2020                                                                                          204 S COLLEGE ST      
                                                                                                      SCOTT CITY, KS 67871

SCOTT COUNTY – The Scott County Health Department is confirming a second case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Scott County.   A private laboratory confirmed this diagnosis. 

The Scott County Health Department is working to identify any close contacts of the individual, and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible.  We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms.  

KDHE has released guidelines ( for quarantine and isolation of travelers who visited locations in the United States where large numbers of people have contracted the disease.

If you are sick:
  • Call your local medical provider or the Scott County Health Department at 620-872-5774.
  • Stay home except to receive medical care and avoid public areas.
  • Monitor your health for signs and symptoms, and call your provider before seeking care.
  • Preventative actions to take:
  • Stay up to date with state and local health orders.
  • If you do need to leave your home, practice social distancing and maintain 6 feet between other people.
  • Avoid going out in public if you are mildly sick.  Cover your cough and sneezes.  Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if washing is not an option.  Avoid touching your face.

Scott County Health Department has worked closely on these decisions with numerous community partners, including Scott County Government, City of Scott City, Scott County Emergency Management, and Scott County Hospital.

Scott County residents can stay informed by visiting , or

For more information or questions call or email:

The Scott County Health Department at: 620-872-5774 or

For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) or email

                                                       DEPARTAMENTO DE SALUD DEL CONDADO DE SCOTT
                                                                                            204 S COLLEGE ST
                 SCOTT CITY, KS 67871

CONDADO DE SCOTT – El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scott está confirmando un segundo caso de enfermedad coronavirus (COVID-19) identificado en el Condado de Scott.   Un laboratorio privado confirmó este diagnóstico. 

 El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scott está trabajando para identificar cualquier contacto cercano de la persona, y aquellos que fueron expuestos serán contactados tan pronto como sea posible.  Estaremos monitoreando estos contactos en busca de fiebre y síntomas respiratorios. 

KDHE ha publicado directrices ( para la cuarentena y el aislamiento de los viajeros que visitaron lugares en los Estados Unidos donde un gran número de personas han contraído la enfermedad.

Si está enfermo:
• Llame a su proveedor médico local o al Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scott al 620-872-5774.
• Quédese en casa excepto para recibir atención médica y evitar las áreas públicas.
• Supervise su salud en busca de signos y síntomas, y llame a su proveedor antes de buscar atención médica.
Medidas preventivas a tomar:
• Manténgase al día y siga las órdenes de salud estatales y locales.
• Si necesita salir de su casa, practique el distanciamiento social y mantenga 6 pies entre otras personas.
• Evite salir en público si está levemente enfermo.  Cúbrase la tos y estornude.  Limpie y desinfecte las superficies que se toquen con frecuencia.
• Lávese las manos a menudo durante al menos 20 segundos y use desinfectante de manos con al menos 60% de alcohol si el lavado no es una opción.  Evite tocarse la cara.

El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scott ha trabajado estrechamente en estas decisiones con numerosos socios comunitarios, incluidos el Gobierno del Condado de Scott, la Ciudad de Scott City, el Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Scott y el Hospital del Condado de Scott.

Los residentes del condado de Scott pueden mantenerse informados visitando , o

Para más información o preguntas llame o envíe un correo electrónico:
El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Scott al: 620-872-5774 o

Para obtener información general, comuníquese con el banco telefónico de KDHE al 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) o envíe un correo electrónico a

4/30/20 - KDHE Adds States To Travel Quarantine List, Removes Others

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4/29/20 - DCF To Reopen Low Income Energy Assistance Program

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

4/29/20 - Mobile Testing Sites In Kansas, Including Scott County

The State of Kansas has partnered with Walmart and eTrueNorth to offer mobile testing sites across Kansas in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Per the State's planning, the sites will be located on state owned land.  The mobile test sites are available to our surrounding counties as well, not just residents of Scott County.  More information can be found below, and to clarify, the Lake Scott site will only be used on Monday's and Tuesday's.

***PLEASE NOTE, the mobile testing site being set up at Lake Scott State Park is NOT in response to our local testing capabilities.  At this time, Scott County Hospital continues to have ample capacity to conduct the current testing load.***

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

4/7/20 - Local Public Health Emergency Declared

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 the Board of County Commissioners of Scott County declared there was a state of local public health emergency in Scott County.  The declaration will remain in place for 60 days unless modified or terminated.  This action was taken as outlined in our pre-planning for COVID-19, and done so following the confirmation of the first positive case in our county.

So, what does this mean in terms of our day-to-day activities as we prepare for, and respond to, COVID-19 in our community?  The declaration simply paves the way for the County to access resources and funds from the State and Federal levels in a much quicker fashion if needed in the future.  

The day-to-day activities remain much the same as before the declaration was made.  The community should continue to abide by the Governor's Stay Home Order, which includes ONLY taking part in essential functions and activities.  Remember, essential does not mean immune.  All essential functions and activities should be conducted in a fashion that continues to include social distancing of greater than six feet, and with proper precautions and hygiene.  This also includes work spaces, grocery stores, offices, etc.

Any questions about the declaration, the Stay Home Order, or anything else COVID-19 related can be directed to Scott County Emergency Management or the Scott County Public Health Department.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

3/31/20 - Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Essential Businesses

Frequently Asked Questions about Essential Businesses:
For additional information please refer to the Governor’s Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) web page: or email questions to

How do I know if my business is deemed Essential?
  • Refer to the list of those businesses that fall under the Kansas Essential Function Framework that is outlined in Governor Kelly’s Executive Order listed on page 4 of the order. If your business operations fall in that list it is considered Essential.

What does “Minimum Essential Operations” mean?
  • An example would be a nail salon that is shut down due to this order; but an individual still needs to do inventory, cleaning, accounts payable, or respond to a panic/fire alarm. Those operations need to continue. But client appointments will not.

Does this order allow hair salons, barbers, bingo halls, and nail salons to continue operations?
  • No

Does this order require child care facilities to close?
  • No. The order indicates that, to the extent possible, child care facilities should place children in groupings of not more than 10 children such that children would remain within the same group (i.e., not switched from one group to another group), and with employees of the child care facilities only remaining with only one group of children.

Can I still go to any of my medical appointments?
  • Yes

Can I still buy groceries?
  • Yes

Can I still buy gas for my vehicle?
  • Yes

Are restaurants and bars required to close?
  • No. Restaurants and bars can remain open, but they would not be able to serve food and beverages to patrons that would consume food and beverages within the restaurant or bar. Instead, the restaurant or bar would be able to provide food and beverages through drive thru, delivery, or carry out options.

I’m moving soon. Will my movers still be able to move my things to my new residence?
  • Yes

Are banks, credit unions, and payday lending locations allowed to remain open?
  • Yes

Can mental health service providers and substance abuse service providers remain open?
  • Yes

Can my business have employees work from home?
  • Yes, this order encourages employees work from home, when feasible.

Can gymnasiums and fitness clubs remain open?
  • No

Can I still go for a walk or jog outdoors?
  • Yes

Can golf courses stay open?
  • Yes, assuming participants comply with social distancing requirements (maintaining six feet of spacing) and there are no groups of more than 10 at such facility.

Can leaders and employees from religious institutions still stream religious services or travel to provide religious counseling?
  • Yes

Can food cultivation, livestock, farming, and fishing operations continue?
  • Yes

Can homeless shelters, food pantries, and domestic violence victim’s shelters remain open?
  • Yes

Can hotels remain open?
  • Yes, to the extent that individuals may stay in rooms or get food that may be delivered or carryout. Conferences and banquets with seated dining in the hotel would not be allowed.

Is there a limitation on the number of people that can be in a public gathering?
  • Yes – 10 people. A mass gathering that brings together or is likely to bring together 10 people is prohibited by Governor’s Executive Order

As long as there is 10 people or less then we’ll all be okay right?
  • If you are in a group in a single room or confined or enclosed space of 10 or less people should:
  1. Preserve social distancing of six feet between people; and
  2. Follow all other health recommendations and regulations

Are mortuary, cremation, and burial services allow to continue?
  • Yes, but any related funeral services should comply with the 10 person limitation on public gatherings.

Can my attorney’s office stay open?
  • Yes

Can my accountant’s office stay open?
  • Yes

I am closing on a new house next week, does this order require my realtor and the title company to be closed?
  • No

Can my insurance agent’s office remain open?
  • Yes

Can governing bodies for cities and the County still convene to perform their duties?
  • Yes, although social distancing requirements should be observed. The Kansas Open Meetings Act remains in force.

My water heater broke and flooded my basement. Does this order require plumbers to be closed down?
  • No. Plumbers, electricians, lawn care and landscaping, painting, and other trades and service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other Essential Businesses may continue to operate under this order.

Does this order halt residential or commercial construction?
  • No

Does this order stop road repairs or ongoing bridge replacements?
  • No

Can the library be open?
  • No

Can automobile repair shops remain open?
  • Yes

Can bicycle repair shops remain open?
  • Yes
Does this order require arcades and video game stores to close?
  • Yes

Are pawn shops allowed to remain open?
  • Yes, as long as they maintain the social distancing requirements (maintain six feet of spacing from another person)

Can tattoo businesses remain open?
  • No

Can bail bonds business continue to remain open?
  • Yes

Are pharmacies required to close?
  • No, they can remain open

Are massage businesses able to remain open?
  • No

Does this order require adult entertainment establishments to close?
  • Yes

Can movie theaters remain open?
  • No

Can a home cleaning service continue to operate?
  • Yes

Are home health care providers required to cease operations?
  • No

Can direct service providers for individuals with development disabilities continue to operate?
  • Yes

Can court-ordered guardians and conservators leave their homes to perform guardianship and conservatorship duties?
  • Yes

Can I take my pet to the veterinarian?
  • Yes

Can pet stores remain open?
  • Yes

Can general clothing stores remain open?
  • No

Can a clothing store that specializes in providing clothing to Essential Businesses (e.g., scrubs, uniforms to first responders) remain open?
  • Yes

Are bouncy house and trampoline parks required to close?
  • Yes

Can I check in on my elderly neighbor to ensure that they are okay?
  • Yes

Can liquor stores remain open?
  • Yes

Can I go to a public park?
  • Yes, but use of playground equipment is discouraged. Follow all closures posted by any of the Cities.

Can an environmental testing laboratory for drinking water, pollutants or related matters continue to operate?
  • Yes

Can foreign language interpreters and sign language interpreters continue to operate?
  • Yes

Can car dealerships remain open?
  • Yes

Can automobile repair supplies companies remain open?
  • Yes

Can food trucks continue to operate?
  • Yes, but the food truck company should not allow the food and/or beverage to be consumed on-site, or at any other gathering site.

Are swimming pools and water parks allowed to operate?
  • No

Can landfill facilities continue to operate?
  • Yes

Can utilities providers remain open?
  • Yes

Are public transit services allowed to continue to operate?
  • Yes

Would a restaurant supplies company be allowed to remain open?
  • Yes, because the business would provide Essential Business (restaurants) with supplies necessary to remain in operation.

Can I drive my elderly relative who does not drive to their medical appointment?
  • Yes

Are hearing aid centers essential healthcare?
  • Yes

Are retail stores that sell diabetic shoe fittings and insoles an essential business?
  • Yes

Is a marketing company considered a professional/essential service?
  • No

Are stores that sell educational supplies that are utilized by home school parents essential?
  • Yes

Can a store get into legal trouble for not closing?
  • Individuals and businesses are expected to voluntarily comply.

Can small church groups under 10 continue to meet?
  • Yes

Are tax preparer’s professional essential services?
  • Yes

Do recovery groups such as AA count as healthcare?
  • Yes

Does this stay-at-home order also provide a possibility for stay-in-your car activities?
  • Yes, as long as you stay in your car and are not congregating in a group as intended by the order.

Are car washes and detailers essential?
  • No

Would places that exclusively sell personal protection items (e.g., firearms, knives, and ammunition) be able to remain open?
  • Yes

Is ride sharing (Uber, Lyft) public transportation?
  • Yes

Are alternative medicine shops or clinics healthcare?
  • No, unless the FDA has approved these alternative medicines for some purpose.

Do businesses that shop for or deliver groceries, food, beverages, goods or services directly to residences able to continue to fulfill online orders?
  • Yes, as long as they maintain the social distancing requirements.

What about the departments within an educational institution that are not directly involved in facilitating distance learning? Are those employees to remain at home or is it up to the employers to require all employees to continue to work?
  • They can remain open as long as social distancing is observed. If any of these employees can telecommute, that would be optimal.

How are grocery stores able to operate since they are regularly more than 10 people there?
  • People generally visit grocery stores solo, as a pair, or as a family. They are spaced around the store far enough apart to maintain the 6 feet recommendation. People shopping in a grocery store is not considered a “gathering” because they are not in close proximity for more than a few moments. People passing by each other in a grocery aisle is safer than sitting in a room together for an extended period of time.

Are hobby stores (JoAnn’s, Hobby Lobby) essential?
  • No

Are tobacco and vaping stores essential?
  • No

What measures does the order expect Essential Business to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
  • Where possible, Essential Businesses should:
  1. Designate 6 ft of spacing between employees and customers
  2. Make hand sanitizer, anti-microbial soap and other sanitizing products available to employees and customers
  3. Have separate operating hours for vulnerable populations
  4. Post information online or on the business about how best to reach the business and how services can be provided remotely