(Updated Feb. 6, 2023)

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Symptoms can range from mild (or no) to severe, and may include: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, or nausea or vomiting.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to people 6 months old and older.

The Harvey County Health Department is available to answer COVID-19-related questions during regular business hours by calling 316-283-1637.

Data on how COVID-19 is affecting Kansas communities can be found on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website. Local Harvey County statistics can be found on our website.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

Several health providers in Harvey County and surrounding counties have COVID-19 testing available. You can find a local testing site here.

A few free testing options in Harvey County include:

  • Harvey Drug and Gifts: Free antigen testing. By appointment. 
  • Hesston Pharmacy: Free antigen testing. By appointment.
  • Walgreens: Free PCR and antigen testing
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment: Provides free, at-home, rapid antigen testing kits delivered by mail. 

COVID-19 testing is not conducted by the Harvey County Health Department.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

An individual that tests positive for COVID-19 should generally begin to isolate for five days. More information on quarantine and isolation is available on our website.

Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster?

COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses are readily available through several health providers in Harvey County and surrounding counties. You can find a health provider with the vaccine of your choosing here. For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, please visit our vaccination page.

How does COVID-19 spread?

The CDC identifies three ways that COVID-19 is most likely to spread: 

  • Breathing in air while close to a person infected with COVID-19 who is exhaling particles containing the virus
  • Those particles containing the virus landing on a person's eyes, nose or mouth, especially through a cough or sneeze
  • Touching one's eyes, nose or mouth with hands that have virus particles on them.

What steps should people take to reduce the spread of COVID-19?

COVID-19 is transmissible, but its spread can be mitigated through simple precautions:

  • Receive a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from people that do not live with you
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, and use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid large crowds and poorly ventilated indoor rooms
  • Consider wearing a mask to protect yourself and others
  • Taking a COVID-19 test can identify a positive case and prevent unknown spread to others.

Does Harvey County have any local health orders in place?

No. At various points, the Harvey County Commission, in consultation with the county public health director and the Harvey County Health Department, has adjusted local health orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Commission voted to remove its remaining local health orders as of March 23, 2021. The Commission and Health Department encourage residents and businesses to continue to practice sensible precautions.