Total cases in Kansas
(as of July 3)
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of July 3)
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(Updated July 3, 2020)

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a respiratory disease. COVID-19 was first identified in an outbreak in Wuhan, China, but has spread to dozens of countries, including the United States.

As of July 3, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 15,919 COVID-19 cases in the state, including 277 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 191,561 COVID-19 tests.

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 47 total cases. That includes 43 confirmed and four probable cases. Currently, there are 17 active cases.

The KDHE includes probable cases in its county case counts. However, the KDHE does not include two probable Harvey County cases in the State's counts because of the KDHE's testing standards for older tests. However, Harvey County does include them in its counts.

The first confirmed case in Harvey County was announced March 26.

The Harvey County Commission revised and approved the Harvey County Health Reopening Plan on May 26. The local plan generally follows the guidance in Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's since-expired "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas" executive order. Harvey County began the Phase Out recommendation of the plan as of June 17.

The Phase Out recommendation does not restrict mass gathering guidance. Social distancing and hygiene protocols are still encouraged.

The Harvey County Commission voted to rescind at the local level the State's executive order to require face masks be worn in public spaces. However, commissioners expressed support and encouragement that individuals wear face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Harvey County Health Department strongly encourages wearing a face cover when social distancing cannot be maintained

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 spreads person-to-person, likely from people in close contact to one another through an infected person's coughs, sneezes, or speech. COVID-19 may be able to spread by individuals that do not show symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

There are several ways to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Wash your hands, clean surfaces, cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. If you feel ill with COVID-19 symptoms, call your medical provider to discuss symptoms.

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kansas was announced March 7 in a Johnson County resident. On March 12, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the first coronavirus-related death in Kansas, a Wyandotte County resident. She also made an emergency declaration, which aids the state in coordinating resources.

Harvey County Commission Chair Randy Hague signed a local emergency declaration March 13. An emergency declaration helps the County with resource coordination. The Commission later extended that declaration March 31 for an additional 60 days, and extended the declaration again on May 26.

Harvey County facilities reopened to the public as of May 4. Additional restrictions and precautions are in place to help protect the health of visitors and staff. 

It is important to be informed of COVID-19's potential continued spread locally, nationally and globally, as well as to take preparedness steps for yourself. 
There are several resources available to you to learn more about COVID-19: