Confirmed cases in Kansas
(as of April 6)
845
Confirmed cases in Harvey County
(as of April 6)
3
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Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease. COVID-19 was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but has spread to dozens of countries, including the United States.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kansas was announced March 7 in a Johnson County resident. On March 12, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the first coronavirus-related death in Kansas, a Wyandotte County resident. She also made an emergency declaration, which aids the state in coordinating resources.

As of April 6, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 845 COVID-19 cases, including 25 deaths. The first case in Harvey County was announced March 26. Harvey County has had three confirmed cases, with one of those individuals recovered.

On March 28, Gov. Kelly announced a Stay Home executive order for Kansas. The order is in effect from March 30 to April 19. It requires Kansans to stay home except to go to work to perform an essential function; obtain food, medicine or household necessities; medical care; caring for children, family members or pets; or exercise while abiding by social distancing and gathering guidelines.

COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, likely from people in close contact to one another through an infected person's coughs or sneezes, according to the CDC. The CDC reports the virus may also spread by a person touching a surface that has the virus on it, and then touching their own nose, mouth or possibly their eyes. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Wash your hands, clean surfaces, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. If you feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms, call your medical provider to discuss symptoms.


Harvey County Commission Chair Randy Hague signed a local emergency declaration March 13. An emergency declaration helps the County with resource coordination. The Commission later extended that declaration March 31 for an additional 60 days.

Beginning March 25, Harvey County facilities are closed to the public by order of the Commission. County staff will continue to report to their job sites, and will be available to help residents with requests by phone, email or online. 

Gov. Kelly announced March 23 that gatherings in Kansas be limited to 10 people.

It is important to be informed of COVID-19's potential continued spread locally, nationally and globally, as well as to take preparedness steps for yourself. 
There are several resources available to you to learn more about coronavirus:


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