UPDATE: Kansas Governor Orders All Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

UPDATE: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools in Kansas to close for the remainder of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This situation has evolved rapidly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Kelly said. “The reality of this pandemic is that it cannot be controlled statewide if school buildings return to normal operations, or if they respond to inconsistently within our local communities.” Gov. Kelly made the announcement Tuesday, joined by Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner for the Kansas State Department of Education who also addressed the situation. “The steps we’re announcing today … Read More

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KDHE Confirms 18 Kansas Coronavirus Cases

TOPEKA – According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and updates from Kansas counties on Tuesday afternoon, there are now 18 positive COVID-19 tests confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of March 17. Butler County: 1 Douglas County: 1 Ford County: 1* Franklin County: 1 Johnson County: 10 Wyandotte County: 4 *The Ford County case involves someone who is not a resident of Kansas, so it is not counted in the state’s official tally. Nationally According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 4,226 cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths in the U.S. as of … Read More

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USD 305 Issues Statement Following Governor’s Announcement of School Closures

SALINA – Salina USD 305 has issued a statement in response to the order issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to close all Kansas schools for the remainder of the school year. The full statement is as follows: “Today Governor Kelly announced the closure of Kansas Schools as we know them. When USD 305 reopens, instruction won’t look the same. District staff will use guidelines provided by a statewide committee of Kansas teachers to develop a new learning model for Salina students. This means: Students who attend Salina Public Schools will not have class March 23 – March 27. During … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 17

TOPEKA – Health officials have confirmed more cases of coronavirus in three eastern Kansas Counties, bringing the total statewide to 17. Johnson County officials say they now have ten people that have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus. On Tuesday morning, Johnson County officials posted on their website that two more people have tested presumptive positive, bringing the total number to ten for that county Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officials have also announced they have their first confirmed case of coronavirus. They say the victim is a man in his 20s who recently traveled from Florida. “Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health … Read More

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State Owned Casinos to Close Due to Coronavirus

TOPEKA – The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the Kansas Lottery have announced they are closing state-owned casinos. According to a news release, the casinos will be closing after those agencies consulted with Gov. Laura Kelly. They will close at the end of business Tuesday. The only four forced to close are Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg, Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City. “The health and safety of casino guests and employees is of the utmost importance. The Lottery understands the impact this decision will have on both players … Read More

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Johnson County Confirms Two More Cases of Coronavirus

JOHNSON COUNTY – There are now ten positive cases of coronavirus in Johnson County, according to a release from the county government. The two additional cases announced early Tuesday, March 17, brought the Kansas total up to 13. Ford County confirmed their first case of coronavirus later in the morning, bringing the Kansas total to 14. Johnson County officials will hold a news conference regarding the developing coronavirus situation in at 11 a.m on Tuesday.

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New Kansas Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Ford County

DODGE CITY – The first case of COVID-19 or coronavirus has been identified in Ford County. The county confirmed the case is in a person over 60 years old who traveled into Ford County. The person is being treated and their family is under quarantine. Ford County says they are continuing to track COVID-19. The county says if you are in need of COVID-19 testing because of active symptoms or recent travel, call your medical provider. The county says medical providers, Western Plains Medical Complex and Ford County Health have the ability to test for COVID-19. On Monday, the state … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues Tuesday Morning Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department on Tuesday morning issued another coronavirus update. “As of 9:00 this morning, Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community,” the Health Department said in the update. “We will keep you up to date as this changes. Currently, you must see your primary care provider in order to get tested as it must be approved by KDHE lab. Once that changes, we will let you know.” The Health Department has set up an FAQ page at www.saline.org to try and questions regarding the virus and ongoing pandemic.

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Hong Kong Buffet Closed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Concerns

SALINA – A Salina restaurant has announced that it will close until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. Hong Kong Buffet, 2515 Market Place, made the announcement via social media Monday evening. “With the health and safety of our employees and customers, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Buffet is temporarily closed beginning March 17th,” restaurant management said in a social media statement. “We will remain closed to customers until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. We everyone is safe and healthy.”

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Tony’s Pizza Events Center Postpones Events Through May 11

SALINA – Officials with Tony’s Pizza Events Center announced on Monday the postponement of all upcoming events through May 10th. A full statement regarding these postponements is below: “Today, the Saline County Health Department urged that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the City of Salina has directed Tony’s Pizza Events Center to postpone all gatherings through May 11, 2020. We are currently working to reschedule all performances March 17th to May 10th and will provide updates as quickly as possible. Please note fans are … Read More

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USD 305 Cancels All Activities Through May 9

SALINA – Salina Public Schools has been monitoring the rapidly changing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Based upon current guidance about limiting the size of groups all activities are canceled through May 9, 2020. At this time, school is canceled for the week of March 16-20 and students are encouraged to stay at home during this time. Everyone is asked to continue to work together, practice social distancing and good hygiene habits: WASH hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer. AVOID touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. AVOID contact with people who … Read More

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Salina Regional Health Center to Begin Screening Visitors

SALINA – To help protect our patients and staff from exposure during the coronavirus outbreak, Salina Regional Health Center will screen all visitors entering the hospital starting Tuesday, March 17. Visitors need to enter through the main entrance lobby doors off Santa Fe to be screened. For those coming to Veridian Behavioral Health, Wound Care Clinic or Outpatient Rehab you may enter through the North Entrance off South Street where you will be screened before entering. For those that are coming for Infusion Therapy, please continue to enter through the Infusion Therapy entrance as usual where you will also be screened. … Read More

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Salina Public Library Announces Closure Due to Coronavirus

SALINA – Salina Public Library continues to actively monitor information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, the library will be closed until further notice. All materials can be returned after the library reopens. All fines incurred during the time that the library is closed will be removed from patron accounts. Please do not return items to library bookdrops during this time. Those who have registered and paid for events through the library’s CLASS program will receive refunds. Library staff will be in contact with … Read More

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K-State Announces Cancellation of Commencement Ceremonies, In-Person Classes for Remainder of Semester

MANHATTAN – Kansas State University has announced they will cancel all in-person commencement ceremonies. According to the university, they have said all classes will be done remotely through the end of the semester. The commencement ceremonies were set for May 9, May 15 and May 16 on the Manhattan and Polytechnic campuses. “We are reviewing alternate methods to celebrate the academic achievements of our students and will release details later,” they said. While most students will no longer be on campus this semester, they are continuing to recruit and enroll students for the next academic year.

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KDHE: Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 11

TOPEKA – In a press conference on Monday, Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman gave updates about the coronavirus in Kansas. Dr. Norman said there are three new cases in Kansas, bringing the state total to 11. He said those three people came into contact with a person in Johnson County who is positive for the virus. They all went to an event together. Governor Kelly urged everyone in the state to follow CDC guidelines and avoid crowds.

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State Price-gouging Law Now in Effect for Virus-response Supples

TOPEKA – A Kansas price-gouging law that prohibits profiteering by raising prices on items consumers find necessary because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak is now in effect statewide, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today. “The Kansas anti-profiteering statute is rarely invoked but is designed to prevent opportunistic greed from overcoming the public need for necessary virus-response products and services during this time of emergency,” Schmidt said. “We take the law’s requirements seriously and will diligently investigate complaints and vigorously prosecute any violations.” The law generally prohibits unjustifiably raising prices for goods and services for which consumer demand is likely … Read More

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KCC Issues Emergency Order Suspending Utility Disconnects Until April 15

TOPEKA – The Kansas Corporation Commission has issued an order suspending utility disconnects for nonpayment until April 15. The action, taken in a special meeting Monday morning, will offer relief to those experiencing potential hardship from the COVID-19 virus. The directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications utilities under the KCC’s jurisdiction, several of which have already voluntarily suspended disconnects. The Commission also encourages those utilities not under its jurisdiction to enact similar practices. “COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge, and Kansans may face unexpected or unusual financial difficulties,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “No one should have to worry … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues New Update and Addresses Rumors of Coronavirus in Salina

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has issued a pair of statements Monday morning regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “As of 9:30 this morning, Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community. We will keep you up to date as this changes,” the statement said. “Currently, you must see your primary care provider in order to get tested as it must be approved by KDHE lab.” In additional statement issued just before 11 a.m., county officials also stated the following: “We have heard there are rumors about COVID-19 in the Saline County community. Rest … Read More

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Health Officials Confirm Ninth Presumptive Positive Case of Coronavirus in Kansas

TOPEKA – On Sunday, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment confirmed a sixth case of novel coronavirus in the county, bringing the total to nine cases in Kansas. The presumptive positive case was identified through testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Laboratories. These results will be verified by the CDC lab, but will be treated as a positive unless determined otherwise. The case is a male in his 50s. The origin of this case is unknown. JCDHE is working to identify any close contacts of the individual. Those that were exposed will be contacted … Read More

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KDHE Issues New Recommendations for Quarantine and Isolation of Travelers, Close Contact and Those Being Tested

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing new guidance today surrounding COVID-19, including travelers, close contacts of confirmed cases and those being tested. KDHE is now recommending 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have: – Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15. – Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado within the past week. – Traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15. People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their … Read More

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Public Library Cancels Events But Remains Open

SALINA – Salina Public Library continues to actively monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19). Out of an abundance of caution, and to provide a healthy and safe environment to library patrons, volunteers, and staff, the library is implementing specific measures to encourage social distancing. Beginning Monday, March 16, all library events and meeting room reservations will be canceled. Those who have registered and paid for events through the library’s CLASS program will receive refunds. Library staff will be in contact with CLASS students. No new meeting room reservations will be allowed at this time. The library will reevaluate these actions no later … Read More

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CDC Recommends Canceling or Postponing Events Involving More than 50 People for Eight Weeks

ATLANTA, Ga. – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending canceling or postponing in-person events involving more than 50 people for eight weeks. According a CNN report, the CDC’s recommendation does not apply to “day to day operations of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning or businesses.” “Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual,” the CDC’s guidance said. According to the CNN report, this recommendation is … Read More

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Southeast of Saline Schools to Close for One Week

GYPSUM – USD 306 Southeast of Schools has issued a statement regarding their decision to close for the week of March 16-20. The full statement is below: “Late this afternoon the recommendation coming from the State regarding closure has changed. The commissioner is now “strongly recommending” that all schools in Kansas be closed this coming week for the entire week. Southeast of Saline will follow this recommendation. I apologize for any inconvenience this closure may cause parents for child care. It is important to recognize that closing schools only helps control exposure if the students are not gathering outside of … Read More

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USD 305 Issues Statement Regarding Closure

SALINA – Salina USD 305 released a statement Sunday evening regarding to the decision to close schools from March 16-20. The full statement is below: “Parents were notified this evening that Salina Public Schools will be closed March 16-20, 2020. This decision was made based upon a recommendation from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) that all schools in the state of Kansas close for the week of March 16-20. This recommendation came as a result of joint discussions between state health and education leaders, school district leaders, and educational organization leaders. School closure guidance did not change, but … Read More

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All Kansas Schools Recommended to Close for One Week

TOPEKA – Kansas officials are recommending schools close for one week due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. Gov. Laura Kelly announced the Kansas Department of Education made the decision to pause the schools year for one week, but emphasized the decision is up to the district. She suspects all schools will take the recommendation seriously. Many districts in the state are already closed for spring break while others were set to begin classes again this week. In a news release, the Kansas House of Representatives also supported the decision. “The Kansas Department of Education after consultation with superintendents across the state … Read More

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