(Updated Dec. 3, 2021)

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has authorized the availability of COVID-19 vaccines to all individuals 5 years old and older. The Pfizer vaccine specifically has also received approval for individuals 16 and older. More information about local vaccine distribution can be found here.

Kansas statistics on COVID-19 vaccinations and COVID-19 cases can be found on the KDHE website. Local Harvey County statistics can be found here.

The Harvey County Commission removed its local health orders concerning COVID-19 as of March 23, 2021. The Harvey County Health Department recommends following public health precautions, including wearing a face mask in indoor settings, as well as individuals 5 and older receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild (or no) to severe symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 mainly spreads from person to person, typically from those within about 6 feet of each other. Those infected with COVID-19 but not displaying symptoms can spread the virus. An individual's respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19, such as when the person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. COVID-19 can also be airborne, and less commonly, spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

There are several ways you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
  • Avoid close contact, staying 6 feet from other people
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Stay home if you are sick (and contact your medical provider for further guidance).

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