Total cases in Kansas
(as of Jan. 22)
266,653
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Jan. 22)
3,084
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Could be a bit messy Sunday night and Monday. Be prepared and be safe! Drive carefully if you have to be out.Snow is expected to move into the area late Sunday night and continue through Monday. Some locations across central and northeast Kansas may see significant snowfall accumulation which will likely impact travel on I-70 and I-135.

Snowfall amounts and location will continue to be tweaked as this storm system approaches the area over the next couple of days. So be sure to check back!
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Could be a bit messy Sunday night and Monday. Be prepared and be safe! Drive carefully if you have to be out.

Imagine first responders driving, lights and sirens blaring, coming to help you when every second counts...but we can't see your house number.

We need your house number clearly visible! It helps to have it marked by the front door, on the mailbox, or on the curb if possible.

Check to see how well you can find your house number at night too - because lots of emergencies happen after dark.

We can't help you if we can't find you! Help us by marking your house number today.
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2 days ago

Harvey County

Harvey County RSVP volunteers will hold their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. service project Saturday. They'll be at both Dillons locations in Newton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.

RSVP - our local network of volunteers 55 and older - always appreciates the wonderful support they receive for this project (as evidenced by last year's donations). These items are distributed to local need organizations to benefit communities here in Harvey County. If you need to do some shopping Saturday, they'd love your support!Harvey County RSVP volunteers will hold their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. service project Saturday. They'll be at both Dillons locations in Newton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items.

RSVP - our local network of volunteers 55 and older - always appreciates the wonderful support they receive for this project (as evidenced by last year's donations). These items are distributed to local need organizations to benefit communities here in Harvey County. If you need to do some shopping Saturday, they'd love your support!
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Harvey County RSVP volunteers will hold their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. service project Saturday. Theyll be at both Dillons locations in Newton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect non-perishable food and personal hygiene items. 

RSVP - our local network of volunteers 55 and older - always appreciates the wonderful support they receive for this project (as evidenced by last years donations). These items are distributed to local need organizations to benefit communities here in Harvey County. If you need to do some shopping Saturday, theyd love your support!

COVID-19 vaccination update. Getting started on the second phase.Photos from Harvey County's post ... See moreSee less

COVID-19 vaccination update. Getting started on the second phase.Image attachmentImage attachment

An update on COVID-19 vaccinations. We received 300 doses of vaccine as we move into Phase Two. Right now, that is being focused toward law enforcement, first responders and K-12 education. We hope to receive more in the coming weeks, which will further expand the populations being covered.Photos from Harvey County's post ... See moreSee less

An update on COVID-19 vaccinations. We received 300 doses of vaccine as we move into Phase Two. Right now, that is being focused toward law enforcement, first responders and K-12 education. We hope to receive more in the coming weeks, which will further expand the populations being covered.Image attachmentImage attachment

3 days ago

Harvey County

The Harvey County Health Department has moved into Phase Two of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. This phase will include people 65 years old and older, congregate settings and high-contact critical workers.

The Health Department is anticipating receiving 300 initial doses of Moderna vaccine for Phase Two. Those doses are being directed toward law enforcement, other first responders and K-12 educators. We began scheduling appointments with those respective organizations yesterday.

Vaccine demand continues to outpace the supply that has been made available to us. Phase Two can eventually include thousands of people in Harvey County. We are eager to scale up our operations with our healthcare partners as soon as more vaccine is available.

Unfortunately, what the health department has on hand is extremely limited. As more vaccine becomes available, we'll be able to increase the coverage of people in Phase Two. We appreciate how many people are enthusiastic about getting the vaccine. We're with you - we're ready to administer as many vaccinations as we can, but we're in a waiting period until we receive more significant quantities. There are no additional appointments being scheduled right now, but we'll share updates as we receive more doses.

You can find more information about the State's vaccine prioritization here: www.kansasvaccine.gov/

You can find local information about COVID-19 vaccine from the Health Department here: www.harveycounty.com/covid19vaccinePhotos from Harvey County's post
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The Harvey County Health Department has moved into Phase Two of the Kansas Department of Health and Environments COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. This phase will include people 65 years old and older, congregate settings and high-contact critical workers. 

The Health Department is anticipating receiving 300 initial doses of Moderna vaccine for Phase Two. Those doses are being directed toward law enforcement, other first responders and K-12 educators. We began scheduling appointments with those respective organizations yesterday. 

Vaccine demand continues to outpace the supply that has been made available to us. Phase Two can eventually include thousands of people in Harvey County. We are eager to scale up our operations with our healthcare partners as soon as more vaccine is available. 

Unfortunately, what the health department has on hand is extremely limited. As more vaccine becomes available, well be able to increase the coverage of people in Phase Two. We appreciate how many people are enthusiastic about getting the vaccine. Were with you - were ready to administer as many vaccinations as we can, but were in a waiting period until we receive more significant quantities. There are no additional appointments being scheduled right now, but well share updates as we receive more doses.

You can find more information about the States vaccine prioritization here: https://www.kansasvaccine.gov/ 

You can find local information about COVID-19 vaccine from the Health Department here: https://www.harveycounty.com/covid19vaccineImage attachmentImage attachment

Newton Fire/EMS responds to over 3,500 calls a year. Seeing an emergency vehicle behind you with flashing lights and sirens is not uncommon. This can cause anxiety and confusion for our citizens, with both driver and responder wondering what the other will do next. Our number one priority is the safety of our department members and citizens we serve, and we hope the following information will help.

First, don’t panic. If able, slowly pull your vehicle to the right side of the road and come to a complete stop. If moving into the right lane is not possible, safely come to a complete stop as traffic allows and turn on your hazard lights. Stopping your vehicle lets the responder know you have acknowledged them, and they can safely proceed. Our first goal is to pass vehicles on the left-hand side, but we will pass slowly on the right if options are limited.

While responding to urgent calls, our apparatus will make complete stops at all red lights and stop signs. Please remain stopped until all apparatus has cleared the intersection.

Newton Fire/EMS often responds to emergencies with multiple vehicles. If you see a fire truck or ambulance, there may be another unit following close behind.

Thanks for doing your part in making our streets a safer place.
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Good info from our partners at Newton Fire/EMS...Newton Fire/EMS responds to over 3,500 calls a year. Seeing an emergency vehicle behind you with flashing lights and sirens is not uncommon. This can cause anxiety and confusion for our citizens, with both driver and responder wondering what the other will do next. Our number one priority is the safety of our department members and citizens we serve, and we hope the following information will help.

First, don’t panic. If able, slowly pull your vehicle to the right side of the road and come to a complete stop. If moving into the right lane is not possible, safely come to a complete stop as traffic allows and turn on your hazard lights. Stopping your vehicle lets the responder know you have acknowledged them, and they can safely proceed. Our first goal is to pass vehicles on the left-hand side, but we will pass slowly on the right if options are limited.

While responding to urgent calls, our apparatus will make complete stops at all red lights and stop signs. Please remain stopped until all apparatus has cleared the intersection.

Newton Fire/EMS often responds to emergencies with multiple vehicles. If you see a fire truck or ambulance, there may be another unit following close behind.

Thanks for doing your part in making our streets a safer place.
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Good info from our partners at Newton Fire/EMS...

6 days ago

Harvey County

Here is the Jan. 18 update from the Harvey County Health Department regarding cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County:

▪ Cases to date: 2,970 (235 new cases since Jan. 11)
▪ Recovered to date: 2,631 (214 recovered since Jan. 11)
▪ Known active cases: 306 (Up 18 since Jan. 11)
▪ Deaths to date: 33
▪ Current hospitalizations: 13
▪ People tested to date: 12,106 (433 new people tested since Jan. 11)
▪ Total PCR tests to date: 23,725 (1,494 new PCR tests since Jan. 11)

Additional statistical and demographic information can be found at any time on our COVID-19 dashboard: harveycounty.com/covid19stats

Several long-term care providers completed their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations in recent weeks, which is great news. The Health Department received its allotment to administer the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to the healthcare and EMS workers it previously vaccinated. The Health Department does not have additional vaccine available at this time. There is no definitive timeline for when we will receive more vaccine, but we are hopeful it will be soon. You can find out more about the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's vaccine prioritization here: www.kansasvaccine.gov/

COVID-19 symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, or nausea or vomiting. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. There are also several providers in our area that can conduct a COVID-19 test if you need it.

The WellHealth testing site at Chisholm Trail Center is generally open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (times are subject to change). Appointments can be scheduled at www.gogettested.com. Results are expected within 48-96 hours after testing.
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Timeline PhotosAt NMC Health - we're here to answer your important questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

QUESTION: Can the COVID-19 vaccine make you sick?

ANSWER: No. You cannot get COVID-19 from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine helps to teach your immune system to recognize the virus so that if you come into contact with it, your body can fight it off. Even though there are parts of a virus put into a vaccine, those parts do not make you sick. They're only weakened or deadened markers that help your immune system recognize if you come into contact with the real virus.

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine below? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
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The Courthouse will be closed Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Martin Luther King, Jr. left an enduring legacy of perseverance, leadership and courage. Harvey County facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Courthouse will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. Our next holiday closing is Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.
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The Courthouse will be closed Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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Harvey County

Martin Luther King, Jr. left an enduring legacy of perseverance, leadership and courage. Harvey County facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Courthouse will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. Our next holiday closing is Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. left an enduring legacy of perseverance, leadership and courage. Harvey County facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

The Courthouse will reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. Our next holiday closing is Feb. 15 for Presidents Day.

Strong, gusty winds are going to continue today and into Friday. That significantly increases the risk of grassland fires - ones that are extremely difficult to combat. Please avoid outdoor burning.

Flags in wind gusts
Flags in wind gusts
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CRITTER OF THE WEEK:
Green Stink Bug
Chinavia halaris
The green stink bug is a sleek and brightly colored insect. They are also called green soldier bugs, and their appearance changes as they molt. Named for their color and the smell they can produce, this insect has a large scent gland beneath its thorax. When disturbed, they discharge a foul smelling liquid. Green stink bugs can be found throughout the state of Kansas and in most of the United States. They are the most common type of stink bug in North America. Habitat includes woodland areas, cultivated fields, orchards and gardens. Adults are shield shaped, about 15mm and have fully developed wings. Many adult individuals have a thin yellow border around their head and pronotum (plate-like structure that covers the thorax of some insects). They have six legs and long antennae that are divided into segments. Early instars (developmental period between molts) are round, red, black and white. They later become more colorful, and look more like adults after every molt. They feed on plants, seeds, and fruits. Both adults and nymphs have needle-like mouth parts capable of piercing plant matter. To eat, the green stink bug injects digestive enzymes into their food. The enzymes liquefy the item so they can eat it. This causes damage to the fruit or seed. Older green stink bugs prefer developing seed and fruit, so they are considered pests. Extremely polyphagous (able to feed on various kinds of food), they will eat vegetables, soybean, cotton, tobacco, flowering dogwood, and many other plants. Some of their favorite items are black cherry, elderberry, peaches, nectarines, and grapes. Green stink bugs become active in the spring when temperatures warm. You might see them in May, but it is much more common to see them in June. After mating females lay their eggs on the underside of a host plant’s leaf. They are barrel shaped, and usually laid in rows of twelve or more. At first, they are yellow/green but later turn pink. Eggs hatch in about seven days. These insects undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, which means that immatures resemble the adults. They go through five instar stages. Development from egg to adult takes about thirty five days, but depends on temperature. In warm weather, an adult may live for two months. When temperatures drop, young stink bugs will hibernate in leaf litter or under tree bark and emerge the next spring. In Kansas, the green stink bug has one generation per year. In the southern range they have two generations. Birds, amphibians, reptiles and other insects all eat green stink bugs. The individual pictured here was found on July 12 at the Harvey County Osage Nature Trails, on a blackberry plant.CRITTER OF THE WEEK:
Green Stink Bug
Chinavia halaris
The green stink bug is a sleek and brightly colored insect. They are also called green soldier bugs, and their appearance changes as they molt. Named for their color and the smell they can produce, this insect has a large scent gland beneath its thorax. When disturbed, they discharge a foul smelling liquid. Green stink bugs can be found throughout the state of Kansas and in most of the United States. They are the most common type of stink bug in North America. Habitat includes woodland areas, cultivated fields, orchards and gardens. Adults are shield shaped, about 15mm and have fully developed wings. Many adult individuals have a thin yellow border around their head and pronotum (plate-like structure that covers the thorax of some insects). They have six legs and long antennae that are divided into segments. Early instars (developmental period between molts) are round, red, black and white. They later become more colorful, and look more like adults after every molt. They feed on plants, seeds, and fruits. Both adults and nymphs have needle-like mouth parts capable of piercing plant matter. To eat, the green stink bug injects digestive enzymes into their food. The enzymes liquefy the item so they can eat it. This causes damage to the fruit or seed. Older green stink bugs prefer developing seed and fruit, so they are considered pests. Extremely polyphagous (able to feed on various kinds of food), they will eat vegetables, soybean, cotton, tobacco, flowering dogwood, and many other plants. Some of their favorite items are black cherry, elderberry, peaches, nectarines, and grapes. Green stink bugs become active in the spring when temperatures warm. You might see them in May, but it is much more common to see them in June. After mating females lay their eggs on the underside of a host plant’s leaf. They are barrel shaped, and usually laid in rows of twelve or more. At first, they are yellow/green but later turn pink. Eggs hatch in about seven days. These insects undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, which means that immatures resemble the adults. They go through five instar stages. Development from egg to adult takes about thirty five days, but depends on temperature. In warm weather, an adult may live for two months. When temperatures drop, young stink bugs will hibernate in leaf litter or under tree bark and emerge the next spring. In Kansas, the green stink bug has one generation per year. In the southern range they have two generations. Birds, amphibians, reptiles and other insects all eat green stink bugs. The individual pictured here was found on July 12 at the Harvey County Osage Nature Trails, on a blackberry plant.
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CRITTER OF THE WEEK:
Green Stink Bug
Chinavia halaris 
 The green stink bug is a sleek and brightly colored insect. They are also called green soldier bugs, and their appearance changes as they molt. Named for their color and the smell they can produce, this insect has a large scent gland beneath its thorax. When disturbed, they discharge a foul smelling liquid. Green stink bugs can be found throughout the state of Kansas and in most of the United States. They are the most common type of stink bug in North America. Habitat includes woodland areas, cultivated fields, orchards and gardens. Adults are shield shaped, about 15mm and have fully developed wings. Many adult individuals have a thin yellow border around their head and pronotum (plate-like structure that covers the thorax of some insects). They have six legs and long antennae that are divided into segments. Early instars (developmental period between molts) are round, red, black and white. They later become more colorful, and look more like adults after every molt. They feed on plants, seeds, and fruits. Both adults and nymphs have needle-like mouth parts capable of piercing plant matter. To eat, the green stink bug injects digestive enzymes into their food. The enzymes liquefy the item so they can eat it. This causes damage to the fruit or seed. Older green stink bugs prefer developing seed and fruit, so they are considered pests. Extremely polyphagous (able to feed on various kinds of food), they will eat vegetables, soybean, cotton, tobacco, flowering dogwood, and many other plants. Some of their favorite items are black cherry, elderberry, peaches, nectarines, and grapes. Green stink bugs become active in the spring when temperatures warm. You might see them in May, but it is much more common to see them in June. After mating females lay their eggs on the underside of a host plant’s leaf.  They are barrel shaped, and usually laid in rows of twelve or more. At first, they are yellow/green but later turn pink. Eggs hatch in about seven days. These insects undergo an incomplete metamorphosis, which means that immatures resemble the adults. They go through five instar stages. Development from egg to adult takes about thirty five days, but depends on temperature. In warm weather, an adult may live for two months. When temperatures drop, young stink bugs will hibernate in leaf litter or under tree bark and emerge the next spring. In Kansas, the green stink bug has one generation per year. In the southern range they have two generations. Birds, amphibians, reptiles and other insects all eat green stink bugs. The individual pictured here was found on July 12 at the Harvey County Osage Nature Trails, on a blackberry plant.
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Nearly 35,000 residents call Harvey County home. The county landscape pairs picturesque country living with vibrant downtown shopping centers. Harvey County serves the cities of Burrton, Halstead, Hesston, Newton, North Newton, Sedgwick, and Walton, as well as 15 townships.

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