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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USD 240 Schools Closed Until March 23

BENNINGTON – USD 240 Twin Valley Schools has announced their schools will be closed the week of March 16-20 at the recommendation of the Kansas State Department of Education. The closure includes schools in Bennington and Tescott. Students are tentatively scheduled to return Monday, March 23. The full statement is below: “Attention all Twin Valley Students, Staff and Patrons. As per the recommendation of the Kansas State Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Randy Watson, with the support of Governor Kelly’s office and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, we will be cancelling school for all students for the week … Read More

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JUST IN: Salina Schools Closed Until March 23

SALINA – Salina USD 305 has issued the following statement: “The Decision has been made to close Salina Public Schools for the week of March 16-20. More information will be forthcoming.” Students will now return to school on Monday, March 23.

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Saline County Heath Department Issues New Coronavirus Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued an update Sunday morning regarding the coronavirus pandemic. In the update, health officials say that as of Sunday morning, there have been no confirmed cases in Saline County. The full statement is below: “As of 9:45 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.”

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USD 305: Closing Schools Unlikely to Stem the Spread of Coronavirus

SALINA – USD 305 has issued yet another statement Sunday backing their decision to keep schools open following Spring Break. The statement is below: “We hear your concerns. At this time, based upon guidance from KDHE, KSDE and in cooperation with the Saline County Health Department, Salina Public Schools remain open. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* helps explain why: Closing schools early in the spread of disease for a short time (e.g., 2 weeks) will be unlikely to stem the spread of disease or prevent impact on the health care system, while causing significant disruption for families, schools, and … Read More

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Walmart to Temporarily Change Store Hours in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart announced they will be adjusting their operating hours starting on Sunday, March 15. Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. Executive Vice President and CEO Dacona Smith said in a statement, “This will help ensure associates are able to stock the products our customers are looking for and to perform cleaning and sanitizing. ” Stores currently operating under more reduced hours will keep their current hours of operation. According to the company, associates will continue to work the hours and shifts they are scheduled, and the … Read More

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Saline County Health Department: No Positive Coronavirus Tests in Saline County

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued a statement Saturday regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in which they indicate there have been tests conducted for coronavirus in Saline County and all have come back negative. The full statement is below: The Saline County Health Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation at the national, state and local levels. We are in contact with our public safety agencies, schools, and Salina Regional Health Center coordinating plans and procedures. As of today, March 14, 2020, Saline County has not and any positive cases of COVID-19. Tests have been performed and sent … Read More

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USD 305 Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus; Spring Break Extended By One Day

SALINA – USD 305 issued a new statement Saturday regarding on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the statement, the district announced that Spring Break would be extended for one day for students only. Student will return to school on Tuesday, March 17. Staff will still return on Monday, March 16. The full statement is below: Salina Public Schools has been monitoring the rapidly changing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Currently, district staff are working to make adjustments in the schools based upon the guidance from Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the … Read More

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Health Officials Confirm Eighth Presumptive Positive Case of Coronavirus in Kansas

FRANKLIN COUNTY – Health officials confirmed a Franklin County man has tested presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus. No details about the person have been released. On Saturday, the county’s board of commissioners declared a state of local disaster. They are taking measures to minimize the risk of disease in the community. This brings the number of COVID-19 cases in the state up to eight. The local health department and KDHE are closely monitoring the case. They said anyone they believe to have close contact with the person has been quarantined.

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Fifth Person Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Johnson County

JOHNSON COUNTY – Another woman in Johnson County has tested presumptive positive for coronavirus. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment announced the new case Saturday morning. Officials said the woman is in her 50’s and associated with Johnson County Community College. This is the first case known in Johnson County of local transmission. Health officials said they are working to identify anyone in close contact with the woman. Those that were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. The woman is hospitalized and is said to be doing well. The family is in quarantine. “It is important … Read More

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USD 305 Issues Statement to Parents; Salina Schools to Remain Open

SALINA – On Friday evening, Salina USD 305 issued a statement to parents and guardians in regards to the coronavirus epidemic. Salina Schools will open on Monday, March 16, at the conclusion of the spring recess, with some adjustments. The full statement, from Superintendent Linn Exline, is below: “Dear Parents and Guardians, As you know, we have been monitoring the rapidly changing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The health, safety and well-being of our students is our priority. We remain in close contact with public health and education officials (KDHE, KSDE, Saline County Health Department) and comply with all of … Read More

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Dickinson County Schools Ordered to Close

ABILENE – The Dickinson County Health Officer has ordered the closure of all schools in the county. These closures include: USD 393 Solomon USD 435 Abilene USD 473 Chapman USD 481 Hope/Rural Vista USD 487 Herington These districts will be closed through March 29th. At which time, health officials say they will re-evaluate and determine if further closures are necessary. Dickinson County Health officials also strongly recommend that any public gatherings of 100 people or more be canceled. “As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, we strongly encourage event organizers and staff to prepare the possibility of outbreaks in our community,” the … Read More

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School Closings Announced Due to Coronavirus

School districts in Kansas are beginning to close due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Sunday afternoon, March 15, the following districts have announced the following changes to their schedules (this list will be updated as announcements are made): USD 240 Twin Valley: Closed until Monday, March 23rd. USD 305 Salina: Closed until Monday, March 23rd. USD 306 Southeast of Saline: Closed until Monday, March 23rd. USD 383 Manhattan-Ogden: Closed until Monday, March 30th. USD 393 Solomon: Closed until Monday, March 30th. USD 417 Morris County: Closed until Monday, March 30th. USD 435 Abilene: Closed until Monday, March 30th. USD … Read More

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Three Stiefel Theatre Shows Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

SALINA – The Stiefel Theatre has announced changes to three shows on their upcoming over coronavirus concerns: The Office! A Musical Parody, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been postponed. The show will take place in June, but a new date has not yet been announced. Salina Symphony’s presentation of Rodgers & Hammerstein, originally scheduled for Sunday, March 22, has been postponed to May 3. The Celtic Women have moved their show, originally scheduled for April 24, to April 2021. A new date will be announced at a later time. Tickets to all three of these shows will be … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The Saline County Health Department continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation at the national, state and local level. The health department and its community partners have been working together for many years on policies and plans for such an event and we are adapting together to new information about this virus as it becomes available. As of today, March 13, 2020, Saline County has not and any positive cases of COVID-19. If this changes, notifications will be made as information becomes available. Using guidance … Read More

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