Total cases in Kansas
(as of Oct. 26)
78,676
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Oct. 26)
549
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(Updated Oct. 20, 2020)

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, has required an unprecedented response at the state, national and global levels as populations work to reduce its potential spread.

Those actions have changed our everyday lives. Additional measures are being taken and enhanced in efforts to mitigate the impacts. Here are some of the resources and changes made.

Business and Employment

The U.S. Small Business Administration has several programs that may assist businesses with COVID-19 expenses, including its Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, SBA Express Bridge Loans and SBC Debt Relief.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law March 27. The CARES Act directs economic assistance to small business, families and workers to maintain employment. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly established the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce to aid in distributing CARES Act funding.

The SPARK taskforce is distributing funding in phases. Harvey County was allocated $6,988,960 in Phase One funding - the reimbursement and direct aid plans created by the Harvey County CARES Act Committee have been submitted to and approved by the SPARK taskforce. The State of Kansas began accepting applications for Phase Two funding, which generally aims to aid businesses with grant funding, as of Aug. 19 at noon.

For worker and employer questions regarding unemployment related to COVID-19, please visit the Kansas Department of Labor's website.  

Charitable Organizations

Several groups and organizations throughout Harvey County have taken the initiative to help those in need. Harvey County directed financial contributions to two local organizations to help those organizations direct and fulfill their efforts.

The Harvey County Commission committed $25,000 to the Newton Ministerial Alliance, which oversees the Harvest of Love food pantry. This funding will go toward acquiring food, baby care products and other sustenance items to distribute to those in need throughout the county.

The Commission also directed $50,000 to the Central Kansas Community Foundation for a community relief fund. The CKCF will allocate funding to charitable organizations in Harvey County that are anticipated to see an increase in demand for services.

Driver's License and Vehicle Registration

Driver's license renewal deadlines have been extended. Licenses expiring March 12 through Sept. 15 are due Dec. 31, 2020. Licenses expiring Sept. 16 and after are due as usual. 

Vehicle renewals previously due between March and June are now due Nov. 14.

Vehicle registration deadlines were delayed through the following schedule:

  • Vehicles purchased between Jan. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2020 need to register by Aug. 31, 2020.
  • Vehicles purchased between Feb. 1, 2020 and Feb. 29, 2020 need to register by Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Vehicles purchased between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2020 need to register by Oct. 31, 2020.
  • Vehicles purchased between April 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 need to register by Nov. 30, 2020.
  • Vehicles purchased between May 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020 need to register by Dec. 31, 2020.

The Department of Homeland Security announced it will extend the Real ID deadline to Oct. 1, 2021.

Evictions and Foreclosures

Gov. Kelly revised an executive order, and later extended through Sept. 15, 2020, that prohibits financial institutions from initiating mortgage foreclosures and commercial or residential eviction efforts if the financial hardship is directly or indirectly caused by COVID-19.

General Questions

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has a phone line available for questions related to COVID-19. The line is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 866-534-3463 for more, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Additionally, the United Way has a phone line available 24 hours a day to answer a broad range of questions, including helping those in need find resources for food, financial aid and more. Call 211 for more.


Health Care

Gov. Kelly announced expanded health care options to help reduce in-person patients as medical professionals focus on COVID-19. The measures include allowing doctors to prescribe medication after a telemedicine consultation and authorizing licensed out-of-state doctors to provide telemedicine services to Kansas.

The National Association of Counties offers a prescription discount card. The card is free, and is accepted at thousands of pharmacies across the nation. You can find out more about the card, or print your own, here.

Internal Revenue Service

The IRS extended the federal income tax filing due date from April 15 to July 15. Income tax payments due on April 15 can also be deferred until July 15 without penalty or interest. Individual taxpayers that need more time to file can request an extension to Oct. 15.

Mental Health

The challenges of COVID-19 may cause increased stress or anxiety for you or a loved one. Additionally, the directive of social distancing may make you feel separated. Consider calling or sending a note to a friend or loved one to ask how they are doing. Try to maintain your normal routines, such as working out, spending time outdoors and sleeping right.

Prairie View has a mental health crisis hotline available at all times. It can be reached at 1-800-362-0180.

Schools

Gov. Kelly announced March 17 that K-12 school buildings would be closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

As school districts reopen for the 2020-21 school year, the Kansas Department of Education has provided its Navigating Change guidance for learning and school safety operations. 

For more on the reopening plans for local school districts, click on the applicable district below:

Utilities

The Kansas Corporation Commission used emergency powers to stop utility disconnects due to nonpayment through May 31. This includes electric, natural gas, water and telecommunications under its jurisdiction. The KCC also has ordered utilities to offer 12-month payment plans and to waive late fees through the end of 2020.

WIC Program

Benefits will continue and new applicants can still apply for benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture waived the requirement that participants and applicants be physically present to receive services through May 31.