Novel Coronavirus (COVID -19)
May 27, 2020
Wabaunsee County currently has 31 cases: 26 cases are recovered, and 5 active, with 2 hospitalizations, 0 in the hospital at this time. Wabaunsee County is with 2 new cases.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, rigors, body aches or pain, malaise, headache sore throat, lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing) loss of taste and/or smell, nausea and diarrhea. If you have questions on symptoms or how you can get tested, call the Health Department, 785-765-2425, and we will guide you to a testing site.
WITH the Governors announcement yesterday, turning her executive orders into guidelines and giving the Local Health Departments the authority to create their own Orders. We were not given any notice that this was going to happen.
EOC (Emergency Operations Center), including the Health Department for Wabaunsee Co. is meeting today to discuss what actions we will take.
We be issuing at least a preliminary orders either late today or tomorrow morning. We will then need to discuss with the Commissioners/Health board on Monday, the counties longer range plans. Keeping in mind that the legislation is being brought back on June 3rd. We will see if they create new guidelines or orders during their sessions.
Please be patient with as we work through this.
We will continue to watch numbers and barometers for the State and Wabaunsee Co, that could changes any orders that are issued.
The Courthouse reopened to the public on May 18th, with adjusted hours, 9:00am – 4:00pm.
The Public will enter and exit through the South handicap entrance. You will be screened and sign in as you enter. Masks are recommended.
Each department will determine how many people they will be able to serve in their office at a time. Social distancing will be mandated if waiting for services. No loitering in the hallways will be allowed. Some Department's may require masks to be worn. If so, please be respectful of the requirements.
These guidelines are subject change as the state moves through the different phases of reopening or if the Health Department sees an increase in COVID-19 cases within the County.
While the courthouse is happy to finally be back open; we request that everyone be respectful of their time, and mindful of social distance.
Be safe, take precautions, and protect yourself as well as your loved ones.
May 28, 2020
Ray Finley, MICT
Wabaunsee Co Dept Administrator
Wabaunsee County Health Department is issuing the following Emergency Orders.
We have decided to move on to the Governor’s Phase 3 guidelines and write them as orders. This shall move us forward reopening everything and trying to get life back to a new normal.
Remember these measures to are not only help protect you, but your family and friends also.
Mass gathering of no more than 45 in one location.
Mass gatherings are defined, as instances in which individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance between individuals (not including individuals who reside together) with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.
Any event (wedding, funeral, general event, etc..) that would be greater than 45 people, must submit a social distancing plan for approval to the Health Director. Also to follow other county resolutions of that size.
All businesses can safely open and should:
Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between consumers (individuals or groups). Restaurants or dining establishments may meet this requirement by using physical barriers sufficient to prevent virus spread between seated customers or groups of seated customers.
Follow fundamental cleaning and public health practices as designated by KDHE. Businesses should follow industry specific guidelines as outlined on covid.ks.gov. Following additional best practices guidance from each business sector are strongly encouraged.
Avoid any instances in which groups of more than 45 individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This does not limit the total occupancy of a business, but requires that businesses limit mass gatherings in areas and instances in which physical distancing cannot be maintained such as in tables, entrances, lobbies, break rooms, checkout areas, etc.
Any business or location found in non-compliance or is a source of significant disease outbreak or as determined by local Health Officer, can be fined or closed.
GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS
Telework: Employers may begin reducing telework and start bringing employees back to work in an office setting.
On-site Operations: Avoid large gatherings of employees in groups of more than 45 where social distancing protocols cannot be maintained except for infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity AND phase in employees on-site as possible while maintaining 6 feet of distance between employee workstations.
Potentially Sick Employees: Any employees exhibiting symptoms should be required to stay at home and asked to call their health care provider.
ACTIVITIES AND VENUES
All activities and venues can safely open and should:
Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals or groups.
Follow fundamental cleaning and public health practices. Any additional sector specific best practices guidance from each are strongly encouraged.
Avoid any instances in which more than 45 individuals are in one location and are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity. This does not limit the total occupancy of a facility, but requires that facilities limit mass gatherings in areas and instances in which physical distancing cannot be maintained, such as in entrances, lobbies, locker rooms, etc.
GUIDANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS
Masks: Individuals may choose to wear cloth masks in public settings as appropriate.
Outdoor Activities: When in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), individuals (not including individuals who reside together) should maintain 6 feet of distance from others with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity.
Social Gatherings: Avoid socializing in person with groups of more than 45 individuals in both indoor and outdoor settings, especially in circumstances that do not allow for a physical distance of 6 feet or more between individuals or groups with only infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity (e.g. , receptions, trade shows).
High-Risk Individuals*: High-risk individuals may resume public interactions but should practice physical distancing and minimize exposure to large social settings when precautionary measures may be difficult.
These orders are in effect for a minimum of 14 days from 5/27/2020. They may be extended or retracted due to significant outbreak. At 14 days the EOC will determined whether to move forward with further reopening, extend or place tighter restrictions back on, determined by Health barometers.
Please remember that these are placed for the General Public Safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both State and Local barometers have shown that we are moving in the right direction. Please help us to continue this trend, so we can continue to open up.
Wabaunsee Co, Health Officer
Wabaunsee County Health Department Administrator
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