Total cases in Kansas
(as of May 25)
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of May 25)
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(Updated May 25, 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 May 25, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 9,218 COVID-19 cases in the state, including 188 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 72,181 negative COVID-19 tests.

Harvey County has had 15 total cases. That includes 11 confirmed and four probable cases. Of those, 13 individuals have recovered.

The first case in Harvey County was announced March 26.

On April 30, Gov. Kelly introduced a phased reopening plan for Kansas. The reopening plan followed a previous Stay Home order that expired May 3. The contents of the reopening plan can be found here. Kansas began Phase 2 as of May 22.

The Harvey County Commission approved the Harvey County Health Reopening Plan on May 1. The plan adds two additional directives to Gov. Kelly's plan. One restricts in-person visits at long-term care facilities and the Harvey County Detention Center. The visitor restrictions at long-term care facilities extends through the first three phases of Gov. Kelly's plan. The visitor restrictions at the detention center will be removed when the second phase begins. Harvey County's plan also further clarifies high-risk individuals to include adults 65 years and older.

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. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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 COVID-19: