Total cases in Kansas
(as of July 6)
16,901
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of July 6)
53
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Kansas Department of Health and EnvironmentWow! Not the lists we want to be on. We have the power to change this, Kansans.🌻Learn more from Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. during his Wednesday press conferences. Watch them live at 4 p.m. or later at your convenience on our Facebook page. ... See moreSee less

Kansas Department of Health and EnvironmentWow! Not the lists we want to be on. We have the power to change this, Kansans.🌻Learn more from Secretary Lee Norman, M.D. during his Wednesday press conferences. Watch them live at 4 p.m. or later at your convenience on our Facebook page. ... See moreSee less

Here it comes...this SATURDAY! JULY 11.

Call to register...FREE! 316-283-1637COMMUNITY BABY SHOWER
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Come us on July 11th to learn more about all the amazing community resources that we have in Harvey County. And receive some early childhood and parenting education from local providers.
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For any mamas who are pregnant or up to 6 months postpartum that complete the education, you can receive a free pack n play (while supplies last) and lots of other goodies too. Stop by and see me at the Connected Moms booth too!
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Please RSVP to the Harvey County Health Department at (316) 283-1637 to help us maintain public health guidelines.
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Here it comes...this SATURDAY! JULY 11.

Call to register...FREE!  316-283-1637

Six new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Harvey County. We have 16 known active cases.The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This individual was in contact with a probable COVID-19 case.
▪️ A male in his 40s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.
▪️ A male in his 20s. This case is under investigation.

All individuals are in home isolation. Testing in all cases was completed by private labs. The Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

We have had 53 COVID-19 cases to date, including 49 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 16 known active cases in the county. None of these individuals are currently hospitalized.

There have been 1,843 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.
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Six new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Harvey County. We have 16 known active cases.

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that's a 2.9% positive rate for the testing cohort. I think this has woken up some people, but unfortunately it seems there's a significant portion that still have not bought in.

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This individual was in contact with a probable COVID-19 case.
▪️ A male in his 40s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.
▪️ A male in his 20s. This case is under investigation.

All individuals are in home isolation. Testing in all cases was completed by private labs. The Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

We have had 53 COVID-19 cases to date, including 49 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 16 known active cases in the county. None of these individuals are currently hospitalized.

There have been 1,843 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.
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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 30s. This individual was in contact with a probable COVID-19 case.
▪️ A male in his 40s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.
▪️ A male in his 20s. This case is under investigation.

All individuals are in home isolation. Testing in all cases was completed by private labs. The Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

We have had 53 COVID-19 cases to date, including 49 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 16 known active cases in the county. None of these individuals are currently hospitalized.

There have been 1,843 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.

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Thanks for the info glad to see none of the current cases have needed hospitalization. Prayers for speedy recovery.

2 weeks later all have recovered one had a heart attacks but we don't know if it's was related to covid or if it's because he was 350 lbs and ate at McDonald's everyday but this may be serious

Any asymptomatic cases? McPherson county has been sharing wether theirs had symptoms or wether they’re asymptotic! Just curious.

Your mom is famous now

Someone please correct me if I'm off base on this but wouldn't it be better to get results back confirming Covid 19 positive before reporting them?

What about those that test positive for the antibodies showing they’ve had it months ago before it was even a known thing. Is this data showing on the list as positive cases?

Shirley Weyand Esau

Emilie Harrison

If the case is under investigation does that mean its not a confirmed case of Covid? If it's not confirmed then it shouldn't be on the list.

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Watch for the MOC in the Burrton July 4 parade today!

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 20s. She was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.
▪️ A female under 10 years old. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 60s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 40s. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.
▪️ A male in his 20s. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.

All individuals are in home isolation. Testing in all cases was completed by private labs. The Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

We have had 47 COVID-19 cases in the county to date, including 43 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 17 known active cases in the county - one individual has met recovery criteria since yesterday. None of the individuals are currently hospitalized.

There have been 1,757 tests conducted in Harvey County.

As of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 15,919 cases of COVID-19 in the state to date. The KDHE has reported 191,561 completed tests.

The Harvey County Commission voted Thursday not to require face masks be worn in public spaces at this time. However, the commissioners, as well as the Health Department, strongly encourage individuals do wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As we enter the holiday weekend, please continue to take the precautions that can keep you, your family, your friends and your community healthy. Washing your hands frequently, social distance, and wearing a face cover when social distance isn't possible can help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed five new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include: 

▪️ A female in her 20s. She was in contact with another individual with COVID-19 in another county.
▪️ A female under 10 years old. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 60s. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 40s. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case.
▪️ A male in his 20s. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact in the family unit of a known active case. 

All individuals are in home isolation. Testing in all cases was completed by private labs. The Health Department will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as follow up on all close contacts.

We have had 47 COVID-19 cases in the county to date, including 43 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 17 known active cases in the county - one individual has met recovery criteria since yesterday. None of the individuals are currently hospitalized. 

There have been 1,757 tests conducted in Harvey County.

As of today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 15,919 cases of COVID-19 in the state to date. The KDHE has reported 191,561 completed tests.

The Harvey County Commission voted Thursday not to require face masks be worn in public spaces at this time. However, the commissioners, as well as the Health Department, strongly encourage individuals do wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As we enter the holiday weekend, please continue to take the precautions that can keep you, your family, your friends and your community healthy. Washing your hands frequently, social distance, and wearing a face cover when social distance isnt possible can help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

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Thanks for a great update and doing a great job keeping our community informed and safe. Just for prespective 34,000 people live in Harvey County as of 2019. 47 cases is 0.13 percent of Harvey County residents. 2.9 million people live in the state of Kansas. 16,000 cases makes up 0.55 percent of Kansas residents. Half a percent.

If someone in your household is COVID positive, everyone in the household is on quarantine. 14 days then 3 symptom free for the covid positive person. During that period if another member becomes positive, everyones quarantine clock starts over. Then if another gets sick, everyones quarantine starts over. You get the picture...this would also create financial hardship if you are the breadwinner and you can’t go to work. Not to mention the possibility of high fever, severe body aches, cough or possible ventilator and death.

If only there was some way to get the entire community to wear masks..................

What’s the death rate again????

It would be nice to mandate wearing mask in stores and businesses.....

With only 17 hundred and some people tested in this county what do those numbers really reflect???

Thank you for sharing this information.

in kansas covid has 98.2% recovery rate

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Commission voted at a special meeting today to rescind at the local level Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's Executive Order 20-52 requiring face masks be worn in public spaces. The vote was unanimous.

The commissioners expressed support and encouragement that all individuals wear face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, commissioners determined mandating the public to do so was not an effective and productive measure.

"The right thing to do for your family, your friends, your neighbors, is to wear a face mask when you're in public. We know masks can help prevent exposure to COVID-19," said Harvey County Commission Chair Randy Hague. "While the public has a right to choose, we hope they make the right choice, which is to wear a mask."

The State's face mask requirement will not be enforced by the Harvey County Sheriff's Office unless businesses or events require face masks be worn at their establishments.

"I support wearing a mask. But from a law enforcement perspective, we don't have the resources to monitor that every person is wearing a mask," said Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay. "However, if you're a business owner and you require your customers to wear a mask, we are here to support you. If a customer causes a disturbance over your policy, we will absolutely respond when called upon."

Harvey County has had 42 cases of COVID-19 to date. There are 13 known active cases in Harvey County. There have been 1,740 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.
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Thank you Harvey county Commission. It was a tough decision to make. I want to encourage everyone to do everything you can to keep transmissions down. Wash hands and wash again. Get plenty of Vitamin D and C. Clean surfaces. Be polite with businesses that require masks as it is their right to do so. Stay local as much as possible. Enjoy your freedom but also remember your responsibilities to do your best.

This is very disappointing, but at least businesses have the right to require them. Compile a list of businesses that require masks and give them all of your business. Those are the businesses that you can safely enter. When out in public, be safe and distance from people who aren’t wearing masks.

Interesting that the vast majority of people contacting them WANTED them to uphold the Governor's order, yet they voted not to anyway. I hope they understand that their voters who spoke were not represented well.

This is very disappointing. I would really like to be back in school in Aug. but if people aren’t willing to take simple precautions such as wearing a mask I fear further restrictions will be necessary later.

Cool, I’ll make sure to vote y’all out and remember how little you guys cared about the vulnerable population here in Harvey county.

I have to wear a mask to serve people yet I can be with a ton of people with no masks. That does ME no good. What a foolish move. I'm high risk trying to make a living and where are MY PROTECTIONS?? you failed the thousands of people that need the extra protection!

The population of Harvey County is approximately 34,000. There have been 42 cases in Harvey County so far. That is less than a hundredth of a percent. All without the mandating of masks.

Thank you Commissioners. I appreciate you allowing us to make our own decisions regarding our safety and whether or not we wear a mask. I applaud your decision.

I understand that making a mask-wearing ordinance creates massive problems and appreciate the statement encouraging mask wearing. However, I would like to see the county take steps beyond expressing support for mask-wearing, including educating, publicly promoting, or incentivizing. There's 100 years of medical evidence that mask-wearing reduces the transmission of air-borne pathogens and coupled with social distancing is the only currently available method for helping our community minimize COVID-19. Please do more.

Very disappointing decision. Will hurt the health and economy of our county. Be safe everyone.

I don’t agree, but I’m not surprised. So why? Working on herd immunity or trying to thin out the senior population? Poor decision, Harvey County.

Thank you commissioners for the hard decision you had to make today. I know you value everyone's life and want to keep everyone safe.

Thank you Commissioners. I will not be going to any business that requires a mask.

Thank you commissioners for the decision you have made!!

I'm disappointed in this decision. Surprised it can't stand statewide and communities can decide compliance.

Our numbers are climbing, very disappointed with this decision. We want to get our lives/ jobs back, the best way to do that is to stop the spread.

okay the whole country “hoped” people would make the right choice but they don’t, so thats why it was made mandatory

Thanks to the commissioners for listening, and being reasonable.

Don’t matter state overrides county, hopefully businesses will force people to wear them or refuse service

I would like to THANK the commissioners. Our county has many residents and many charities that house people for whom the mask is too much. Thank you for considering the silent victims as well as the not so silent majority. Everyone is free to wear the mask if they want and they are free to social distancing. It is a choice. (I, as well as my children are immune compromised, we wear a mask when needed. We appreciate when others wear masks, but do not expect them to do so.)

This is profoundly disturbing. Why, if you believe the best thing for your public to do is wear a mask, why wouldn’t you require it. Nobody expects you to have your police stand out on the street and enforce it. Your business owners are in more danger bc the people not wanting to wear masks in their stores or offices now have your votes on their side. Incredibly reckless and thoughtless.

Good job.... And least some counties have some common sense!!

Thank you Commissioners for making the correct decision.

We knew it wasn't enforceable, what we need now is a list of businesses that won't allow people in without a mask. Newton Walmart Manager Aaron said masks are required for entry starting tomorrow. Any others?

I think that if you catch the covid-19 in newton. Because our commissioners decided to vote to not enforce the governor's order. Then the people can sue the county for the medical Bill's from the care needed to be cured from the covid-19. And I think that we need to replace those commissioners for being stupid. For not trying to help to get our active cases back to 0 instead of 42 as of this afternoon .

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Commission will hold a special meeting today regarding action related to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order on wearing face masks in public spaces. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Courthouse. With the increase in mass gathering guidance, these meetings are once again open for you to attend in-person if you'd like. However, social distancing will be observed in the meeting room.

This meeting will also still be broadcast over Zoom. You can listen and view the meeting through the resources below.

Meeting ID: 408 180 699

By phone: 1 301 715 8592

Online: zoom.us/j/408180699

Meeting agenda: harveycounty.civicweb.net/document/25738?printPdf=true
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The Harvey County Commission will hold a special meeting today regarding action related to Kansas Gov. Laura Kellys executive order on wearing face masks in public spaces. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. at the Courthouse. With the increase in mass gathering guidance, these meetings are once again open for you to attend in-person if youd like. However, social distancing will be observed in the meeting room.

This meeting will also still be broadcast over Zoom. You can listen and view the meeting through the resources below.

Meeting ID: 408 180 699

By phone: 1 301 715 8592

Online: https://zoom.us/j/408180699

Meeting agenda: https://harveycounty.civicweb.net/document/25738?printPdf=true

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We will do our shopping and any eating out in counties that do allow us to go without masks if they vote to keep masks.

They're not asking for much, wear your mask, do your part for the community and for others.

It is time for Harvey County to postpone all BIG EVENTS!!! Put on a mask and be safe !!!!

I do not envy the task ahead of you. It seems that a large portion of the populace will be upset either way.

Wow I tried to attend. Full house. Don’t mandate I think those of us over 65 are doomed anyway because of all the self entitled people who won’t wear a mask to maybe save grandpa.

Let people and businesses make up their own decision. There is no need for something that won't be enforced.

“it’s time for r and r: respect and responsibility.” THANK YOU!!

I hope the commision will make their decision based on science, experts and data.

Kelly says that those with medical conditions that wearing a mask makes condition worse are exempt, , , I am one of those people , , , so why am I still being forced to wear one ???, , ,

We do our shopping in stores where employees wear masks.

I will not be wearing a mask...

I tried to attend the zoom meeting but it was limited to 100 participants.

Harvey county doesn't need to mandated masks. Keep it as is.

I really hope you don't go along with Governor Kelly's mandate!!!!!

I didnt get to attend or watch on zoom what was the result

Wish i could be there but im stuck working... its a very hot topic right now...

ALL YOU COMMISSIONERS NEED VOTED OUT ASAP.

Good deal! Thank you!

Vote NO

No

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3-0 vote! No mask required in harvey county! Thank you commissioners!

Like I’ve said a thousand times I can’t believe this is even a topic of discussion to strip our freedom to decide whether to wear a muzzle or not for a virus with over 99% recovery rate but here we are. VOTE NO NO NO NO NO.

We just wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for Sgt. Scott Perkins. Scott retired this week after 20 years serving the people of Harvey County.

Scott has always been willing to help, and we appreciate his welcoming personality. Just a really great guy to be around. We'll miss him around the office.

Scott's tenure with the County started in 2000. He became a sergeant in 2010. A well deserved retirement. Thanks for everything, Scott. Enjoy it!
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We just wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for Sgt. Scott Perkins. Scott retired this week after 20 years serving the people of Harvey County.

Scott has always been willing to help, and we appreciate his welcoming personality. Just a really great guy to be around. Well miss him around the office.

Scotts tenure with the County started in 2000. He became a sergeant in 2010. A well deserved retirement. Thanks for everything, Scott. Enjoy it!

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Congratulations Scott. Your service and commitment to the community is undeniable. Thank you for being there for me and my family during my Father’s passing. I’ll never forget you for that💙

Congratulations Scott. I remember going to the academy with him. Good guy. Thank you for your service.

Congratulations Scott may you enjoy your retirement. You have come from a family that has served their community. Your dad (Dale Perkins) served on the Fire Department for many years. Enjoy the next chapter of your life.

Congratulations on your well deserved retirement... It was a pleasure working with you sir!

Thank you Scott. Congrats on your retirement! Thank you for being such a gentleman when you pulled me over Sunday night for an issue with my trailer lights.

Enjoy your retirement! Thank you for all u have done for this community!

Enjoy every minute of your retirement! Well deserved!

Congratulations Scott! Thank you and enjoy your future!

How has it been 20 years? That means I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and we can’t be that old!! Congratulations Scott!

Thanks for all you have done. Always helping get my cattle in at 2 am. Congratulations man

Thank you for your service! I hope you have a happy retirement. You’ve earned it.

Congratulations! Thank you for all of your service!

Congratulations Scott and thank you so much for your dedication to our community. Enjoy your retirement! 💙

Awesome. Congrats to you sir! Way to go Scott Perkins thank you for an incredible career

Scott? Who is going to help me when I'm broke down on the highway? Congratulations anyways..

Congratulations Scott! Thank you for your 20 years of service.

Congrats & Thank You for All you have done to protect & serve the public

Congrats Scott...I’ll miss seeing you on calls. Mike

Congrats, Scott! Thanks for your service for the county!

Wow! 20 years! A great deputy! Enjoy!

Congratulations, and thank you for your service! Enjoy retirement!

Thanks Scott! Best wishes for a fun retirement!

Best of Luck Scott. Thanks for everything.

Congratulations and thank for your service. Enjoyed your time off

Happy retirement get some rest and relax in

Amazing!Who says small towns can’t have awesome parks???? Columbus,KS is home to the newest Bicycle Playground!! What an awesome turnout for the grand opening last week #smalltownusa #kansas #southeast #summer2020 #memorialpark #bicycleplayground #getoutside #community ... See moreSee less

Amazing!

This month's Know Your Deputy video features Jaron Eilert. Jaron is our civil processor, and he also helps out as a road deputy. He's worked for Harvey County for about eight years. He's a Whitewater native and a Berean Academy - Elbing KS grad. Jaron is a pretty nice athlete, too, including getting buckets on the basketball court (he's very humble about it, but we've seen him play and he can light up the scoreboard).

Sheriff Chad Gay talks to Jaron about Jaron's love for basketball (1:02), what he wanted to be when he grew up (2:15) and his hobbies (4:17). Enjoy!
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Gotta love Jeron. Miss seeing him every morning when I was working for district court.

Thank you for all you do!

Jaron, we didn't know you were such a baller! Now we think you're even more awesome!!!

I believe Jaron and a group of his buddies TP'ed our house back in the day. . . :D🧻:D🧻 ... long before he took his oath of deputy of course!

Interesting! Was your Berean coach Norm Holmskog?

How great!Harvey County Farmers Market received funding to help keep patrons safe - and to help with double bucks for SNAP recipients!
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Healthy Harvey CoalitionHarvey County Farmers Market received funding to help keep patrons safe - and to help with double bucks for SNAP recipients!
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Harvey County Farmers Market received funding to help keep patrons safe - and to help with double bucks for SNAP recipients!
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Harvey County Farmers Market received funding to help keep patrons safe - and to help with double bucks for SNAP recipients! 
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