Total cases in Kansas
(as of Sept. 18)
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Sept. 18)
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(Updated Sept. 18, 2020)

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.

As of Sept. 18, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 52,285 COVID-19 cases in Kansas to date, including 2,671 hospitalizations and 596 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 474,749 COVID-19 tests.

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 331 total cases. That includes 325 confirmed and six probable cases. Currently, there are 15 known active cases.

The KDHE includes probable cases in its county case counts. However, the KDHE does not include two probable Harvey County cases in the State's counts because of the KDHE's testing standards for older tests. However, Harvey County does include them in its counts.

The Harvey County Commission revised and approved the Harvey County Health Reopening Plan on May 26. The local plan generally follows the guidance in Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's since-expired "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas" executive order. Harvey County began the Phase Out recommendation of the plan as of June 17.

The Phase Out recommendation does not restrict mass gathering size. Social distancing and hygiene protocols are still encouraged.

The Harvey County Commission voted Aug. 11 and again on Sept. 15 to extend a local health order requiring face masks be worn county-wide in public spaces where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. The order is scheduled to be in effect through Monday, Oct. 19 at 11:59 p.m. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, likely from people in close contact to one another through an infected person's coughs, sneezes, or speech. COVID-19 may be able to spread by individuals that do not show symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19 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.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently, 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.

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 COVID-19-related death in Kansas, a Wyandotte County resident. The first confirmed case in Harvey County was announced March 26.

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, and again on May 26 and July 20.

Harvey County facilities reopened to the public as of May 4. Additional restrictions and precautions are in place to help protect the health of visitors and staff. Face masks are required in county government facilities.