Total cases in Kansas
(as of Aug. 7)
30,638
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Aug. 7)
200
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(Updated Aug. 3, 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 is offering disaster assistance loans for businesses impacted by the coronavirus response. The Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance.

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 CARES Act provides an additional $600 of unemployment insurance and a benefit to those not traditionally eligible. More information can be found on the Kansas Department of Labor website, as well as information to apply for unemployment benefits in Kansas.

Gov. Kelly has established the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to aid the hospitality sector. The order allocates $5 million in short-term, zero-interest loans to hospitality businesses. The HIRE Fund offers up to $20,000 in loans for a three-year term to businesses with less than 100 employees.

Gov. Kelly has also created the Hero Relief Program in conjunction with the Department for Children and Families. The initiative provides additional assistance subsidies for families of health care workers, first responders and other essential workers with financial support to child care providers.

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 them 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 products 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 May 31, 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.

Grocery Stores

Some stores have dedicated specific hours to provide time for seniors to shop while reducing potential exposure.

Dillons: Most stores are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dillons will open to seniors 60 and over and other higher-risk customers from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Dollar General: Dollar General is encouraging the first hour stores are open be used for seniors.

Walgreens: Walgreens opens to seniors 55 and over from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays. Walgreens is also offering free shipping and drive-thru services for seniors. 

Walmart: Stores are open 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walmart is open to seniors 60 and over for one hour prior to the store opening on Tuesdays.

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 has 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. A Continuous Learning Task Force outlined guidance to continue to provide educational opportunities, as well as meal access. For more on local school districts' efforts, 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.