Confirmed cases in Kansas
(as of April 4)
698
Confirmed cases in Harvey County
(as of April 4)
2
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Harvey CountyAs of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 698 positive cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Kansas. That includes 78 new cases since the day prior.

Harvey County has had two cases of COVID-19, no change from the day prior. One of those individuals has recovered.

Here are the cases of our neighboring counties: Sedgwick 97, Reno 9, Butler 8, McPherson 8 and Marion 2.

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Harvey County

As of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 698 positive cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Kansas. That includes 78 new cases since the day prior.

Harvey County has had two cases of COVID-19, no change from the day prior. One of those individuals has recovered.

Here are the cases of our neighboring counties: Sedgwick 97, Reno 9, Butler 8, McPherson 8 and Marion 2.

Stay home.
Stay safe.
Stay healthy.
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As of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 698 positive cases of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Kansas. That includes 78 new cases since the day prior. 

Harvey County has had two cases of COVID-19, no change from the day prior. One of those individuals has recovered.

Here are the cases of our neighboring counties: Sedgwick 97, Reno 9, Butler 8, McPherson 8 and Marion 2.

Stay home.
Stay safe.
Stay healthy.

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The cases are going up because they're testing more people.

2 days ago

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Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and Gov. Laura Kelly give an update on COVID-19 in Kansas.

As of this morning, Kansas has confirmed 620 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 68 from the day before. Harvey County has had two cases, with no new cases since the day before.

Governor Laura Kelly
Please join me and Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, for my daily press briefing to discuss the latest updates regarding COVID-19.
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If there's a silver lining through COVID-19, it's seeing the generosity and ingenuity of people doing whatever they can to help make a difference. We recently received dozens of these cloth masks to distribute to local medical professionals and first responders from Hyatt Life Sciences out of Sterling. The masks are reusable and have a brine solution on them, and can be worn in conjunction with medical masks.

Our organizations in Harvey County have medical supplies in stock now, but we know there could be shortages in the near future as the availability of supply chains tighten due to demand. We'd be grateful for more N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, disposable gowns and exam gloves.

If you are interested in donating supplies locally, you can contact Harvey County Emergency Management at 316-284-6910. You can also take supplies to The Salvation Army in Newton. Every little bit makes a big difference.
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If theres a silver lining through COVID-19, its seeing the generosity and ingenuity of people doing whatever they can to help make a difference. We recently received dozens of these cloth masks to distribute to local medical professionals and first responders from Hyatt Life Sciences out of Sterling. The masks are reusable and have a brine solution on them, and can be worn in conjunction with medical masks. 

Our organizations in Harvey County have medical supplies in stock now, but we know there could be shortages in the near future as the availability of supply chains tighten due to demand. Wed be grateful for more N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, disposable gowns and exam gloves. 

If you are interested in donating supplies locally, you can contact Harvey County Emergency Management at 316-284-6910. You can also take supplies to The Salvation Army in Newton. Every little bit makes a big difference.

Harvey County K-State Research and ExtensionIt's Friday, so that means it is our Coffee and Chat Videos ☕️

Today Ryan talks about how to get started incubating eggs. He is actually going to get started on his own incubation and post videos and photos during his process.

Any questions contact Ryan at flaming@ksu.edu
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Looking for something to do outside while practicing social distancing? Here is a great idea from Park Naturalist Rachel.

Gardening for Monarchs
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate from the eastern provinces of Canada and the United States to the Transvolcanic Mountains of central Mexico where they overwinter in clusters in the Oyamel fir forests. Monarch reproduction begins shortly after the overwintering monarchs begin to move north at the end of February and continues until around November when the remainder of butterflies in the last generation join the migration in Texas and Mexico. Their journey is astonishing, and considered to be one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
After mating, female monarchs search for milkweeds. Milkweeds and a few other plants in the same plant family are the only kind of plant that monarchs will lay eggs on, because it is the only plant that their larva can eat. These plants are known for their milky sap, and unique flowers. When larvae eat milkweed, they ingest the plants toxins (cardiac glycosides). They are able to sequester these compounds in their wings and exoskeletons, making themselves unpalatable to predators. Monarchs use more than 30 milkweed species as a host plant. The most common species of milkweed utilized by monarchs is common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), which easily establishes in disturbed areas like roadsides and fields. Most milkweeds are perennial plants, and grow back each year from rootstock instead of from seed alone. Monarchs also require nectar plants as adults. Nectar plants are their source of carbohydrates, amino acids, and some salt. Without these resources, monarch butterflies could not migrate or reproduce.
Historically, in the Midwest milkweed plants were widespread. Habitat destruction has reduced their range and numbers dramatically. Roads, housing developments, agricultural expansion and herbicide use all contribute to the declining monarch population. In the United States, thousands of acres are converted to development each day. Also, chemically intensive herbicides and insecticides kill monarchs and their host plants. The use of “Roundup ready” soybeans that are genetically engineered to resist Roundup (glyphosate, the worlds’ most widely used herbicide), has resulted in the loss of at least 100 million acres of monarch habitat in row crops since 1997. This allows growers to spray fields with the herbicide instead of tilling to control weeds. Milkweeds survive tilling but not the repeated use of glyphosate. Frequent mowing eliminates milkweed plants, and monarchs are also killed outright by many pesticides. Their overwintering sites have also shrunk dramatically due to illegal logging and thinning of forest sites.
To help the monarch population, you can create and protect monarch habitats. This can be as simple as adding milkweed and nectar sources to an existing garden or maintaining natural habitats with milkweed. When planning your garden or restoration area, it is important to plant milkweed species that are native to your region of the country. Native plants typically require less maintenance and are more beneficial to local wildlife. Harvey County, Kansas is considered to be in the northeast eco region for milkweed. In this region, milkweed species that are preferred by monarchs and easy to establish are: common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, and poke milkweed. If started from seed indoors, allow 4-8 weeks growing time before transplanting outdoors. Seeds of most milkweed species need to be stratified before planting. This means that they need to be cold treated for 3-6 weeks before planting. Without stratification, the percentage of seeds that germinate is usually low. Stratification can be accomplished by placing seeds in moist paper towels (in a baggie or other container) and left in the refrigerator. No effort is too small. Your garden can be a few plants on a patio, or many plants across acres of land. Pictured here is a bright orange butterfly milkweed plant at Harvey County West Park, a tagged monarch with swamp milkweed at East Park, and a fifth instar monarch caterpillar eating a Common milkweed leaf at the Osage nature trails.
For more information about monarch conservation and how to garden for monarchs, visit www.monarchwatch.org.
Additional information about monarchs can be found at
www.monarchjointventure.org.
Join other citizen scientist to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat www.mlmp.org.
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Looking for something to do outside while practicing social distancing?  Here is a great idea from Park Naturalist Rachel.

Gardening for Monarchs 
Every year, monarch butterflies migrate from the eastern provinces of Canada and the United States to the Transvolcanic Mountains of central Mexico where they overwinter in clusters in the Oyamel fir forests. Monarch reproduction begins shortly after the overwintering monarchs begin to move north at the end of February and continues until around November when the remainder of butterflies in the last generation join the migration in Texas and Mexico. Their journey is astonishing, and considered to be one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. 
After mating, female monarchs search for milkweeds. Milkweeds and a few other plants in the same plant family are the only kind of plant that monarchs will lay eggs on, because it is the only plant that their larva can eat. These plants are known for their milky sap, and unique flowers. When larvae eat milkweed, they ingest the plants toxins (cardiac glycosides). They are able to sequester these compounds in their wings and exoskeletons, making themselves unpalatable to predators. Monarchs use more than 30 milkweed species as a host plant. The most common species of milkweed utilized by monarchs is common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), which easily establishes in disturbed areas like roadsides and fields. Most milkweeds are perennial plants, and grow back each year from rootstock instead of from seed alone. Monarchs also require nectar plants as adults. Nectar plants are their source of carbohydrates, amino acids, and some salt. Without these resources, monarch butterflies could not migrate or reproduce.
Historically, in the Midwest milkweed plants were widespread. Habitat destruction has reduced their range and numbers dramatically. Roads, housing developments, agricultural expansion and herbicide use all contribute to the declining monarch population. In the United States, thousands of acres are converted to development each day. Also, chemically intensive herbicides and insecticides kill monarchs and their host plants. The use of “Roundup ready” soybeans that are genetically engineered to resist Roundup (glyphosate, the worlds’ most widely used herbicide), has resulted in the loss of at least 100 million acres of monarch habitat in row crops since 1997. This allows growers to spray fields with the herbicide instead of tilling to control weeds. Milkweeds survive tilling but not the repeated use of glyphosate. Frequent mowing eliminates milkweed plants, and monarchs are also killed outright by many pesticides. Their overwintering sites have also shrunk dramatically due to illegal logging and thinning of forest sites. 
To help the monarch population, you can create and protect monarch habitats. This can be as simple as adding milkweed and nectar sources to an existing garden or maintaining natural habitats with milkweed. When planning your garden or restoration area, it is important to plant milkweed species that are native to your region of the country. Native plants typically require less maintenance and are more beneficial to local wildlife. Harvey County, Kansas is considered to be in the northeast eco region for milkweed. In this region, milkweed species that are preferred by monarchs and easy to establish are: common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, and poke milkweed. If started from seed indoors, allow 4-8 weeks growing time before transplanting outdoors. Seeds of most milkweed species need to be stratified before planting. This means that they need to be cold treated for 3-6 weeks before planting. Without stratification, the percentage of seeds that germinate is usually low. Stratification can be accomplished by placing seeds in moist paper towels (in a baggie or other container) and left in the refrigerator. No effort is too small. Your garden can be a few plants on a patio, or many plants across acres of land. Pictured here is a bright orange butterfly milkweed plant at Harvey County West Park, a tagged monarch with swamp milkweed at East Park, and a fifth instar monarch caterpillar eating a Common milkweed leaf at the Osage nature trails. 
For more information about monarch conservation and how to garden for monarchs, visit www.monarchwatch.org. 
Additional information about monarchs can be found at
 www.monarchjointventure.org. 
Join other citizen scientist to collect long-term data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat www.mlmp.org.Image attachmentImage attachment

Harvey County D-FYYou've probably heard "happiness is contagious," but did you know that science has proven it? Nicholas Christakis, a professor at Harvard, studied happiness and found that an individual's happiness is associated with the happiness of individuals that are up to three degrees separated from them.

You have an effect on people you don't even know! I think we all have a responsibility, especially now, to make sure that effect is a positive one. How can you increase the happiness of those around you today?

#NDAFW #SpreadHappiness
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Agreed! 👏

Newton, KS City Government
Mayor Koehn and City staff offer words of encouragement during the stay-home order.

#InThisTogether #NewtonStrong
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Harvey County remains at two cases of COVID-19 (including one person who has recovered).Today's COVID-19 numbers from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

◽️ Cases in Kansas: 552 (70 new)
◽️ Cases in Harvey County: 2 (no change).

And a look at neighboring counties:

▪️ Sedgwick 79 (15 new)
▪️ Reno 8
▪️ Butler 7 (2 new)
▪️ McPherson 5
▪️ Marion 0.

Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Stay home except for essential activities.
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Harvey County remains at two cases of COVID-19 (including one person who has recovered).

Harvey County Health Department will open at 10:30AM TODAY, April 2.

Department will be closed noon -1:00PM, Monday - Friday.
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America WalksIt's our day, Happy #NationalWalkingDay! We made a list of little ways you can celebrate in these times. Please share and tell us in the comments what you're doing today in honor of walking and moving 👇

#socialdistancewalks #walking
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Kansas Prevention CollaborativeIt's National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) - Lock your RX Drugs up! Some Students in Kansas using illegal prescription drugs reported in the KCTCdata.org that their drugs came from a friend or family member.
#NDAFW #StrongerKansas #KsPrevention
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kids today are our future leaders, doctors, teachers, first responders and more. It is imperative that we keep children safe and that they have supportive, loving families to help them grow. Everyone can play a part in preventing and stopping child abuse, from reporting it, to recognizing signs of it, or simply just spreading awareness. Oftentimes, children need you to speak up and be their voice.

We're always here for you. Always. There are several organizations ready to help and support our children along with us, like CASA A Voice for Children, Inc., Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, Kansas Children's Service League and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Please don't hesitate to use these resources.

The Kansas Protection Report Center can be reached at any time at 1-800-922-5330.
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kids today are our future leaders, doctors, teachers, first responders and more. It is imperative that we keep children safe and that they have supportive, loving families to help them grow. Everyone can play a part in preventing and stopping child abuse, from reporting it, to recognizing signs of it, or simply just spreading awareness. Oftentimes, children need you to speak up and be their voice.

Were always here for you. Always. There are several organizations ready to help and support our children along with us, like CASA A Voice for Children, Inc., Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, Kansas Childrens Service League and the Kansas Department for Children and Families. Please dont hesitate to use these resources.

The Kansas Protection Report Center can be reached at any time at 1-800-922-5330.

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Someone witness a man cursing his wife/ partner and 3 small children and screaming at them at a Walmart parking lot. The poor children looked so scared. Women please don't put up with that stuff! There is help out there for you and your children. I wonder what that man does behind closed doors!! 😪😪

How nice that the North Newton Child Abusers are out and able to celebrate 🎉

If you've run out of new shows on Netflix, we're back with another installment of Know Your Deputy to fill a few minutes for you. We've got Colt Pfautz with us. Colt is one of our deputies, and also K-9 Odie's partner. If you hear a dog panting during the video, it's because Odie just got done chasing his toy around the office and is relaxing by Colt. Also, we filmed this back in February before social distancing was a phrase we knew, so forgive us for not being 6 feet away.

Colt talks about how he joined the National Guard (0:38), wanting to work with a K-9 (2:57) and how Odie became his partner (5:47). We hope this helps take your mind off everything for a few minutes.
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Harvey CountyThe Harvey County Commission will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Harvey County Courthouse. As we work within Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order to limit mass gatherings to 10 people, the public temporarily can't attend meetings in person. BUT you can still participate.

We'll be holding the meeting over Zoom. You'll be able to call in or view the meeting through the resources below. This is new for us, so it may not be perfect the first time, but we're trying to make the best out of an unprecedented situation. We hope you'll join us.

Meeting ID: 408 180 699

Online: zoom.us/j/408180699

By phone: +1 301 715 8592 ... or +1 253 215 8782
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Harvey CountyThis evening, we received notice of our first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, in Harvey County. The case is a Harvey County man in his 20s. He is currently in home isolation. We have already begun working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to monitor the individual and follow up on contacts.

We've been working with partner agencies in the county for several weeks to prepare and practice for a potential COVID-19 case. We are proud that everyone involved followed correct procedures to ensure the safety of the individual and local staff. Our local medical professionals and first responders have put many hours into preparation for COVID-19 over the past several weeks. We're thankful for their unwavering service to our communities.

You still play an important part in reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. Practice social distancing and avoid non-essential events and travel. Wash your hands frequently, cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and stay home if you're sick. COVID-19 symptoms include a fever of 100.4 F or more, cough or shortness of breath. Call your medical provider to discuss symptoms.

We'll continue to share information as it becomes available. Thank you to everyone for continuing to do your part to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.
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Nearly 35,000 residents call Harvey County home. The county landscape pairs picturesque country living with vibrant downtown shopping centers. Harvey County serves the cities of Burrton, Halstead, Hesston, Newton, North Newton, Sedgwick, and Walton, as well as 15 townships.

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