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The Harvey County Commission approved the Harvey County Health Reopening Plan at a special meeting May 1 in continued effort to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. The reopening plan adds two additional directives beyond what was included in Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's reopening plan, "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas."

"Governor Kelly's plan covered much of what needed to be addressed moving forward, but there were a couple items we know we needed that were unique to Harvey County," said Commission Chair Randy Hague. "Specifically, the residents and staff of our long-term care facilities are important to us. COVID-19 has presented grave challenges to other long-term care facilities around the state. We have to protect the health of the people inside those facilities."

Harvey County's plan restricts in-person visits at long-term care facilities through the first three phases of Gov. Kelly's plan. It also restricts visitation to the Harvey County Detention Center, but with that restriction removed when the second phase begins.

The County's plan also adds language that further clarifies high-risk individuals to include adults 65 years and older.

The reopening plan also outlines what a Stay-at-Home order would include for Harvey County, should it be needed in the future. Harvey County has not, and did not at any point previously, implement a local Stay-at-Home order. Harvey County, along with several other counties, will begin in phase one of Gov. Kelly's reopening plan on May 4.

"We hope to never need a local Stay-at-Home order, but we also want to let the public know what the details of it would be if we did," said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. "Again, we are not implementing a local Stay-at-Home order at this time. It's just there if we did need it."

The document was revised May 15 and May 21 to update language as it became available in the State's reopening plan. It was again revised May 26, as restrictions and guidance shifted from the state to the local level. The most recent, revised Harvey County Health Reopening Plan can be found here.