Confirmed cases in Kansas
(as of April 5)
748
Confirmed cases in Harvey County
(as of April 5)
3
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Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has required an unprecedented response at the state, national and global levels as populations work to reduce its potential spread.

Those actions have changed our everyday lives. Additional measures are being taken and enhanced in efforts to mitigate the impacts. Here are some of the resources and changes made.

Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance loans for businesses impacted by the coronavirus response. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has established the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to aid the hospitality sector. The order allocates $5 million in short-term, zero-interest loans to hospitality businesses. The HIRE Fund offers up to $20,000 in loans for a three-year term to businesses with less than 100 employees.

Charitable Organizations

Several groups and organizations throughout Harvey County have taken the initiative to help those in need. Harvey County directed financial contributions to two local organizations to help them direct and fulfill their efforts.

The Harvey County Commission committed $25,000 to the Newton Ministerial Alliance, which oversees the Harvest of Love food pantry. This funding will go toward acquiring food, baby care products and other sustenance products to distribute to those in need throughout the county.

The Commission also directed $50,000 to the Central Kansas Community Foundation for a community relief fund. The CKCF will allocate funding to charitable organizations in Harvey County that are anticipated to see an increase in demand for services.

Driver's License and Vehicle Registration

Driver's license renewals and vehicle registrations can be completed within 60 days of their expiration, in accordance with an executive order from Gov. Kelly. The Department of Homeland Security announced it will extend the Real ID deadline to Oct. 1, 2021.

Evictions and Foreclosures

Gov. Kelly revised an executive order March 23 that prohibits financial institutions from initiating mortgage foreclosures and commercial or residential eviction efforts until May 1 if the financial hardship is directly or indirectly caused by COVID-19.

Grocery Stores

Several grocery stores have dedicated specific hours to provide time for seniors to shop while reducing potential exposure.

Dillons: Stores are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dillons will open to seniors 60 and over and other higher-risk customers from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dollar General: Dollar General is encouraging the first hour stores are open be used for seniors.

Walgreens: Walgreens will open to seniors 55 and over from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays. Walgreens is also offering free shipping and drive-thru services for seniors. 

Walmart: Stores are open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walmart will open to seniors 60 and over for one hour prior to the store opening on Tuesdays through April 28.

Health Care

Gov. Kelly announced expanded health care options to help reduce in-person patients as medical professionals focus on COVID-19. The measures include allowing doctors to prescribe medication after a telemedicine consultation and authorizing licensed out-of-state doctors to provide telemedicine services to Kansas.

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS has extended the federal income tax filing due date from April 15 to July 15. Income tax payments due on April 15 can also be deferred until July 15 without penalty or interest.

Mental Health

The challenges of COVID-19 may cause increased stress or anxiety for you or a loved one. Additionally, the directive of social distancing may make you feel separated. Consider calling or sending a note to a friend or loved one to ask how they are doing. Try to maintain your normal routines, such as working out, spending time outdoors and sleeping right.

Prairie View has a mental health crisis hotline available at all times. It can be reached at 1-800-362-0180.

Schools

Gov. Kelly announced March 17 that K-12 school buildings would be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. A Continuous Learning Task Force has outlined guidance to continue to provide educational opportunities, as well as meal access. For more on local school districts' efforts, click on the applicable district below:

Utilities

The Kansas Corporation Commission used emergency powers to stop utility disconnects due to nonpayment through April 15. This includes electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications under its jurisdiction.

WIC Program

Benefits will continue and new applicants can still apply for benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has waived the requirement that participants and applicants be physically present to receive services through May 31.