Total cases in Kansas
(as of Nov. 30)
157,446
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Nov. 30)
1,528
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Here's our most recent update on COVID-19 cases in Harvey County. For perspective, our number of cases identified in November were more than the previous eight months combined. Active cases this past week are higher than ever before, as well.

COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon. Every precaution you can take - wearing a mask, social distance, frequent hand washing, avoiding large gatherings, staying home if you have COVID-19 symptoms - helps your friends, your neighbors and your medical community.
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Harvey County

Here is the Nov. 30 update from the Harvey County Health Department regarding cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County:

▪️ Cases to date: 1,528 (256 new cases since Nov. 23)
▪️ Recovered to date: 1,029 (93 recovered since Nov. 23)
▪️ Known active cases: 484 (Up 157 since Nov. 23)
▪️ Deaths to date: 15
▪️ Current hospitalizations: 25
▪️ People tested to date: 9,054 (501 new people tested since Nov. 23)
▪️ Total PCR tests to date: 14,329 (1,092 new PCR tests since Nov. 23)

Additional statistical and demographic information can be found at any time on our COVID-19 dashboard: www.harveycounty.com/covid19stats

Our cases include confirmed and probable cases. There are 1,109 confirmed and 419 probable cases. Positive antigen tests are considered probable cases by the state, while positive PCR tests are considered confirmed cases.

Here is county case data for surrounding counties, as reported by local county data:

🔸 Sedgwick: 23,822 cases (150 deaths)
🔸 Reno: 4,833 cases (3,409 recovered, 49 deaths)
🔸 Butler: 2,127 cases (1,701 recovered, 11 deaths)
🔸 McPherson: 1,248 cases (629 recovered, 9 deaths)
🔸 Marion: 454 cases (411 recovered, 2 deaths)

Local health resources in the region continue to be strained by the spread of COVID-19. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and contact your medical provider for further guidance. If you are tested for COVID-19, please quarantine until you receive your result. If you are notified you are positive for COVID-19, please isolate. We urgently need everyone's help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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Harvey County Health Department WIC can give you a hand with quitting - ask how at your next appointment. #kdhecdrr #healthyksTobacco use in pregnancy has been linked to premature births for babies, which can lead to underdeveloped lungs and brain functioning.

Babies who are born prematurely can have difficulties feeding, breathing problems, and even trouble with their eyesight and hearing.

Even babies who are born full-term can suffer the effects of low birth weight, and can have stunted development or defects due to tobacco use.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your baby - and yourself!

For more information on tobacco cessation programs available, contact your health department or the Kansas Tobacco Quitline (kansas.quitlogix.org/en-US/?fbclid=IwAR1YRzXRECFxsn8X2KQberER_L98TU9cDXklEERuQfz2V_5wMJjtJH5VYMg).
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Harvey County Health Department WIC can give you a hand with quitting - ask how at your next appointment. #kdhecdrr #healthyks

Breathe easier this holiday season & give your loved ones the gift of smoke-free air. Call the Kansas Tobacco Quitline for free assistance: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. #KanQuit #HealthyHolidays #kdhecdrr #healthyks #bcbskspathwaysBreathe easier this holiday season & give your loved ones the gift of smoke-free air. Call the Kansas Tobacco Quitline for free assistance: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. #KanQuit #HealthyHolidays #kdhecdrr #healthyks #bcbskspathways ... See moreSee less

Breathe easier this holiday season & give your loved ones the gift of smoke-free air. Call the Kansas Tobacco Quitline for free assistance: 1-800-QUIT-NOW. #KanQuit #HealthyHolidays #kdhecdrr #healthyks #bcbskspathways

Keep this in mind...The most common symptoms of COVID-19 in children and teens are fever and cough, and can look like the common cold.

Keep kids home if they’re showing any signs of illness so they don’t get others sick. Avoid play dates and encourage teens to connect with their friends virtually.

If they do interact with others in-person, make sure they’re wearing a mask (ages 2+), washing their hands and keeping six feet from others.

Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19.

#MaskUp #StaySafe #StayHealthy

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Keep this in mind...

Moms-to-be, have questions? Call us at 316-283-1637While the last few weeks of pregnancy can feel as though they last forever, they are essential to the health of your baby!
In a normal, healthy pregnancy, waiting to deliver until you're past the 39 week mark can help ensure that your baby's brain and lungs are fully developed and can help avoid complications caused from premature delivery.

Watch this video to learn more about why Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait! youtu.be/QN_ejTMJqZo
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Moms-to-be, have questions?  Call us at 316-283-1637

The issue with the 9-1-1 system appears to have been resolved we are receiving calls normally again. ... See moreSee less

911 - UPDATE !!!

At 4:45 CDT -- 911 Centers are reporting call routing issues are being corrected; testing to validate reports are being performed;

A 911 software issue has been reported for the following 911 Centers in the State of Kansas. (South).

Initial diagnosis indicates a software conflict. The software vendor is currently working to resolve. Automatic reroutes are functioning as expected.

Text calls appear functional.

The North 911 Centers in the state appear to be operating normally.

See the map to define North/South.

We will update this message as information is obtained.

Michele Abbott
KS911 Coordinating Council
Communication | Training Coordinator
michele.abbott@kansas911.org
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The state 9-1-1 system is apparently down for the south half of the state so 9-1-1 calls are not going through. If you need Harvey County call 316-283-0160 or 316-283-4190. ... See moreSee less

We want to say thank you to the folks at Grace Community Church, and everyone else involved in the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, for providing meals for our staff today. Happy Thanksgiving! ... See moreSee less

In observance of Thanksgiving the Harvey County Parks office will be closed on Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27, 2020.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
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CRITTER OF THE WEEK!
Red Milkweed Beetle
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus
The Red milkweed beetle is a brightly colored insect that can be seen wherever its host plant, common milkweed is found. Their range matches the native distribution of Common milkweed. This means that they are mostly found in the Northeastern quadrant of North America. They are easily identified by their bright red carapace, black oval markings, and long antennae. They are sometimes called milkweed borers and Four-eyed beetles. Both their species and genus name means four eyed. Their antenna divides each compound eye, giving them a lower and upper eye. Many insects that feed on the milkweed plant are brightly colored. They are all using a defense mechanism called aposematism. The black and red, much like the black and orange of the monarch butterflies warns predators of their toxicity and bitter taste. Insects that eat the milkweed plant sequester cardiac glycosides making them taste very bad, and making predators that eat them sick. You may find Red milkweed beetles and other insects like monarch caterpillars on the same plant. That’s not a problem. These beetles are herbivores and will not harm monarch eggs or larvae. Early in the summer, after mating, females lay their eggs low on a stem of milkweed or very close by. These eggs hatch and the larvae migrate to the roots of the milkweed plant. If the eggs are laid on the stem the larvae can travel under the plants skin. When eggs aren’t laid on the host plant, larvae must tunnel through the soil. They eat the roots of the plant, and when its time, they overwinter there. When spring arrives, they may feed a bit more on the roots. They then create an earthen chamber to pupate in. At the beginning of the summer, they emerge as adults. Adult Red milkweed beetles eat leaves, buds and flowers of the milkweed plant. The Red milkweed beetle pictured here was found at Harvey County East Park on June 19, 2020.CRITTER OF THE WEEK!
Red Milkweed Beetle
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus
The Red milkweed beetle is a brightly colored insect that can be seen wherever its host plant, common milkweed is found. Their range matches the native distribution of Common milkweed. This means that they are mostly found in the Northeastern quadrant of North America. They are easily identified by their bright red carapace, black oval markings, and long antennae. They are sometimes called milkweed borers and Four-eyed beetles. Both their species and genus name means four eyed. Their antenna divides each compound eye, giving them a lower and upper eye. Many insects that feed on the milkweed plant are brightly colored. They are all using a defense mechanism called aposematism. The black and red, much like the black and orange of the monarch butterflies warns predators of their toxicity and bitter taste. Insects that eat the milkweed plant sequester cardiac glycosides making them taste very bad, and making predators that eat them sick. You may find Red milkweed beetles and other insects like monarch caterpillars on the same plant. That’s not a problem. These beetles are herbivores and will not harm monarch eggs or larvae. Early in the summer, after mating, females lay their eggs low on a stem of milkweed or very close by. These eggs hatch and the larvae migrate to the roots of the milkweed plant. If the eggs are laid on the stem the larvae can travel under the plants skin. When eggs aren’t laid on the host plant, larvae must tunnel through the soil. They eat the roots of the plant, and when its time, they overwinter there. When spring arrives, they may feed a bit more on the roots. They then create an earthen chamber to pupate in. At the beginning of the summer, they emerge as adults. Adult Red milkweed beetles eat leaves, buds and flowers of the milkweed plant. The Red milkweed beetle pictured here was found at Harvey County East Park on June 19, 2020.
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CRITTER OF THE WEEK!
Red Milkweed Beetle 
Tetraopes tetrophthalmus 
 The Red milkweed beetle is a brightly colored insect that can be seen wherever its host plant, common milkweed is found. Their range matches the native distribution of Common milkweed. This means that they are mostly found in the Northeastern quadrant of North America. They are easily identified by their bright red carapace, black oval markings, and long antennae. They are sometimes called milkweed borers and Four-eyed beetles. Both their species and genus name means four eyed. Their antenna divides each compound eye, giving them a lower and upper eye. Many insects that feed on the milkweed plant are brightly colored. They are all using a defense mechanism called aposematism. The black and red, much like the black and orange of the monarch butterflies warns predators of their toxicity and bitter taste. Insects that eat the milkweed plant sequester cardiac glycosides making them taste very bad, and making predators that eat them sick. You may find Red milkweed beetles and other insects like monarch caterpillars on the same plant. That’s not a problem. These beetles are herbivores and will not harm monarch eggs or larvae. Early in the summer, after mating, females lay their eggs low on a stem of milkweed or very close by. These eggs hatch and the larvae migrate to the roots of the milkweed plant. If the eggs are laid on the stem the larvae can travel under the plants skin. When eggs aren’t laid on the host plant, larvae must tunnel through the soil. They eat the roots of the plant, and when its time, they overwinter there. When spring arrives, they may feed a bit more on the roots. They then create an earthen chamber to pupate in. At the beginning of the summer, they emerge as adults. Adult Red milkweed beetles eat leaves, buds and flowers of the milkweed plant. The Red milkweed beetle pictured here was found at Harvey County East Park on June 19, 2020.

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Start your New Years Resolutions a month early? #bcbskspathways #healthyks

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Courthouse is closed Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday break. The Courthouse will reopen Nov. 30 at 8 a.m.

The next holiday closing is Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at noon.
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The Harvey County Courthouse is closed Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday break. The Courthouse will reopen Nov. 30 at 8 a.m.

The next holiday closing is Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, at noon.

Good advice to read over and keep in mind over the holidays! 🦃Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, the day before Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Eve. In 2018, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,630 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. Here are some safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the
stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

• Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check
on it frequently.

• Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be
hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.

• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee
could cause serious burns.

• Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys,
pocketbooks or bags.

• Keep knives out of the reach of children.

• Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee
maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the
counter within easy reach of a child.

• Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of
children — up high in a locked cabinet.

• Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.

• Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them
by pushing the test button.
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Good advice to read over and keep in mind over the holidays! 🦃

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Harvey County

The Harvey County Commission implemented a local health to limit mass gatherings in Harvey County to 10 individuals. The Commission, which serves as the Local Board of Health, voted to approve the order at its Nov. 24 meeting.

The order requires gatherings be limited to 10 individuals where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. It does not limit the occupancy allowed in a facility or event if 6 feet of distance can be maintained between groups at all times.

The order will go into effect Nov. 25 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain through Jan. 5, 2021.

"Our regional medical and health care systems are simply overwhelmed. We are on a dangerous trajectory if we cannot slow the spread of COVID-19," said Dr. Doyle Detweiler, public health officer for Harvey County. "We recognize the importance of the holidays. For the sake of our medical community, we urge you to keep gatherings small."

Additionally, a local health order remains in effect that requires individuals to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in any indoor or outdoor public space where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. That order is in place until rescinded, superseded or amended.

More info on the local health order regarding mass gatherings can be found here: www.harveycounty.com/542-news/harvey-county-news/659-county-commission-sets-mass-gathering-limit-...Photos from Harvey County's post
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The Harvey County Commission implemented a local health to limit mass gatherings in Harvey County to 10 individuals. The Commission, which serves as the Local Board of Health, voted to approve the order at its Nov. 24 meeting.

The order requires gatherings be limited to 10 individuals where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. It does not limit the occupancy allowed in a facility or event if 6 feet of distance can be maintained between groups at all times. 

The order will go into effect Nov. 25 at 12:01 a.m., and will remain through Jan. 5, 2021. 

Our regional medical and health care systems are simply overwhelmed. We are on a dangerous trajectory if we cannot slow the spread of COVID-19, said Dr. Doyle Detweiler, public health officer for Harvey County. We recognize the importance of the holidays. For the sake of our medical community, we urge you to keep gatherings small.

Additionally, a local health order remains in effect that requires individuals to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth in any indoor or outdoor public space where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. That order is in place until rescinded, superseded or amended. 

More info on the local health order regarding mass gatherings can be found here: https://www.harveycounty.com/542-news/harvey-county-news/659-county-commission-sets-mass-gathering-limit-at-10.htmlImage attachment

Here's a little look back at history for ya. The groundbreaking for the Harvey County Detention Center was held 25 years ago today, Nov. 20, 1995.

The Detention Center was completed and opened in 1997. It hasn't changed too much over the years - but it's quite different than the first Harvey County Jail, which opened in 1880!Photos from Harvey County Sheriff's Office's post
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Harvey County Parks

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