(Updated July 27, 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 12 years old 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 Commission, and the Health Department, encourage residents and businesses to continue following precautions as they are recommended, as well as 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).

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19.

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Testing

Quarantine and Isolation

Reducing The Spread

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