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16 hours ago

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What does community spread mean? What does it mean for Harvey County? How can you help reduce your potential exposure to COVID-19?

Dr. Doyle Detweiler, the public health officer for Harvey County, gives an update on today's announcement of community spread in Harvey County.
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I have heard to take vitamin D, zinc, and a good probiotic would help.

Thank you Dr. Detweiler!!

Thank you, Dr. Detweiler!

Thank you!

Summer Daze is postponing for 2020.Friends ... we were so looking forward to celebrating summer with you Aug. 14-15 in Athletic Park! The Sand Creek Summer Daze planning committee made the difficult decision today to postpone all of our 2020 events and focus on bringing you a bigger and better festival in 2021! We can't wait to see you then! Until next summer ... stay healthy! More details about next year's event will come this fall. ... See moreSee less

Summer Daze is postponing for 2020.

Important update about COVID-19 in Harvey County.The Harvey County Health Department, in consultation with Public Health Officer Dr. Doyle Detweiler, has identified community spread of COVID-19 in Harvey County.

Community spread means individuals have been infected with COVID-19 in the area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

"We did not determine this lightly. The Health Department has worked meticulously to verify the sources of exposure in the majority of our cases," Detweiler said. "However, as cases have increased, so have the number of cases where we cannot definitively determine a transmission method for COVID-19."

As of today, we've had 63 COVID-19 cases to date. Of that, 47 new confirmed cases have come over the past three weeks. Of the 63 total cases, 18 have an unknown source of exposure.

"Community spread isn't a reason to panic, but it does justify a sense of urgency in our communities," said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. "It's an opportunity for each of us to renew our personal commitments to the precautions that worked so well early on for our county. COVID-19 is in our county, and each of us needs to respond accordingly."

The Health Department encourages individuals to frequently wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear a face cover when social distance can't be maintained. These precautions help protect you, your family and your community.
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Important update about COVID-19 in Harvey County.

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If a Harvey County contact tracer calls me, how will it appear on my caller ID? Do you leave a voicemail message?

How many of the current active cases are of unknown sources of exposure? Total numbers aren't always helpful.

22 hours ago

Harvey County

The Harvey County Health Department, in consultation with Public Health Officer Dr. Doyle Detweiler, has identified community spread of COVID-19 in Harvey County.

Community spread means individuals have been infected with COVID-19 in the area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

"We did not determine this lightly. The Health Department has worked meticulously to verify the sources of exposure in the majority of our cases," Detweiler said. "However, as cases have increased, so have the number of cases where we cannot definitively determine a transmission method for COVID-19."

As of today, we've had 63 COVID-19 cases to date. Of that, 47 new confirmed cases have come over the past three weeks. Of the 63 total cases, 18 have an unknown source of exposure.

"Community spread isn't a reason to panic, but it does justify a sense of urgency in our communities," said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. "It's an opportunity for each of us to renew our personal commitments to the precautions that worked so well early on for our county. COVID-19 is in our county, and each of us needs to respond accordingly."

The Health Department encourages individuals to frequently wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear a face cover when social distance can't be maintained. These precautions help protect you, your family and your community.
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The Harvey County Health Department, in consultation with Public Health Officer Dr. Doyle Detweiler, has identified community spread of COVID-19 in Harvey County.

Community spread means individuals have been infected with COVID-19 in the area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

We did not determine this lightly. The Health Department has worked meticulously to verify the sources of exposure in the majority of our cases, Detweiler said. However, as cases have increased, so have the number of cases where we cannot definitively determine a transmission method for COVID-19.

As of today, weve had 63 COVID-19 cases to date. Of that, 47 new confirmed cases have come over the past three weeks. Of the 63 total cases, 18 have an unknown source of exposure. 

Community spread isnt a reason to panic, but it does justify a sense of urgency in our communities, said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. Its an opportunity for each of us to renew our personal commitments to the precautions that worked so well early on for our county. COVID-19 is in our county, and each of us needs to respond accordingly.

The Health Department encourages individuals to frequently wash their hands, practice social distancing and wear a face cover when social distance cant be maintained. These precautions help protect you, your family and your community.

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Sad news but inevitable. Do what’s been suggested and let’s keep from overwhelming medical resources. Wash those paws. Wear that mask. Better yet stay home when you can.

On their own website is says..."The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 63 total cases. That includes 59 confirmed and four probable cases. Currently, there are 19 active cases." For 19 active cases, 2 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths we are suppose to panic?

Any business, manufacturing, retail, or grocery, others, should be required to report to the public, make known to the public of any covid19 outbreak in their businesses. Doesn't mean the have to release the names or personal information of individuals. The public has the right to know.

It is a virus. Who knows where we pick it up. You will drive yourself crazy trying to figure this out. Power of prayers is our biggest tool. I'm sorry people dont understand that. A mask wont help you like God can...

Unless masks are mandated, many people won’t wear them. You dropped the ball, Harvey County (and Newton).

Surprised NOT! All could have been prevented...Poor leadership😰

I believe Kropf lumber and excel have cases they are not reporting.

I don't need a president, governor, or mayor to tell me to wear a mask! I know how contagious the corna19 is! 😷

Guess what... the WHO just announced today that 1.well people don’t need masks 2.asymptomatic people aren’t infectious. OPEN UP!

And Newton City officials still want to sit on their thumbs and take their time deciding on masks. Good job, guys.

Well all the sheep out there who think mask will keep you from getting covid-19 need to rethink life becouse a mask will not keep you from getting it and only people who have should be wearing the mask and it still doesn't stop the spread it just slows it down next time you get a box of mask read the side it will tell you this mask does not protect you from the human Corona virus

The tests are all a fraud look it up people!!

Thank you for this advice.

Thank you for the work you do.

Dear god

Thank You

Chris Sholders

Unfortunately if someone has exposure or symptoms they may not be able to stay home because they have to work to pay their bills and feed their families. It’s happening repeatedly. Someone is exposed or even symptomatic and they’re working anyway because they don’t have a choice. We can mandate masks and distancing but until we recognize (and solve for) the fact that some people don’t have the financial stability to miss two weeks of work after a shutdown earlier this year, we will continue to see additional exposures.

Dr Detweiler get off your behind and mandate masks for Harvey County! I couldn't believe a commissioner voted no to mandate masks because he couldn't afford masks for his family. There are so many great ladies making masks for the community. I'm sure between them they would provide masks for your family. If you're a pastor shouldn't your concern be for the people of your community?

Yep prevention could have already been in place 2 weeks ago or even days ago. BUT NOPE disregard ALL MEDICAL LEADERSHIP IN NEWTON so they tuck tail and pass the buck, City Leaders motto. SMDH

Community spread could be caused by those who are asymptotic. Therefore testing needs to be available to everyone. Always money for cops and war but never money for healthcare education and infrastructure. The last three are much needed at time.

How many are walking around with it and don't know. Then they get tested and still walk the streets waiting to see if they do have it for 7 to 10 more days. They they find out they do. How many got it from that guy then because it took weeks to get it back. They need the test that show know if you have it. So then you stay away from people.

Controlled spread will help contribute to herd immunity

MANDATE MASKS!!!!!!!!

Check this out before you head to a lake this week!Heading to the lake this weekend? Be aware that four lakes have warnings and 19 have watches due to blue-green algae, which can be harmful to people, animals and the environment. Learn more: khap2.kdhe.state.ks.us/NewsRelease/PDFs/7-9-20%20bga.pdf

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Check this out before you head to a lake this week!

Eight new cases today, including two hospitalizations. We are at 19 active cases.

Please wash your hands, practice social distance and wear a face cover. All are important to protect the health of you, your family and your community.The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. She is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 50s. She is in home isolation. She had known out-of-state travel.
▪️ A female in her 30s. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A female under 10 years old. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A male in his 70s. He is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 40s. He has already met recovery criteria. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact of a known active case.

We have had 63 COVID-19 cases to date, including 59 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 19 known active cases in Harvey County. The two aforementioned individuals account for all the current hospitalizations of Harvey County residents.

There have been 2,038 COVID-19 tests conducted for Harvey County.

Beginning Friday, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities. This is not a county-wide mandate at this time. You can find more information about the face mask requirement for our facilities here: www.harveycounty.com/542-news/harvey-county-news/641-county-requiring-face-masks-inside-county-fa...

We will continue to encourage everyone to wash your hands, social distance, and wear a mask when social distance cannot be maintained.
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Eight new cases today, including two hospitalizations. We are at 19 active cases.

Please wash your hands, practice social distance and wear a face cover. All are important to protect the health of you, your family and your community.

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So why would you require it in Harvey County facilities but not protect the rest of us with a county wise requirement? Seems like a double standard.

Population of Harvey county is around 34, 429. And we have 18 or 19 active cases? Wow that is an awesome percentage rate. Can any one tell us what that percentage is? Look at the big picture and get the numbers accurately reported. Every time a new case or cases is reported in puts nothing but fear in the minds of our dear citizens. Please stop spreading fear.

How many deaths from covid-19 in Harvey County?

I’ve heard of 1.

I think 2...

2 days ago

Harvey County

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. She is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 50s. She is in home isolation. She had known out-of-state travel.
▪️ A female in her 30s. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A female under 10 years old. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A male in his 70s. He is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 40s. He has already met recovery criteria. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact of a known active case.

We have had 63 COVID-19 cases to date, including 59 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 19 known active cases in Harvey County. The two aforementioned individuals account for all the current hospitalizations of Harvey County residents.

There have been 2,038 COVID-19 tests conducted for Harvey County.

Beginning Friday, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities. This is not a county-wide mandate at this time. You can find more information about the face mask requirement for our facilities here: www.harveycounty.com/542-news/harvey-county-news/641-county-requiring-face-masks-inside-county-fa...

We will continue to encourage everyone to wash your hands, social distance, and wear a mask when social distance cannot be maintained.
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The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed eight new cases of COVID-19 in Harvey County. The confirmed cases include:

▪️ A female in her 70s. She is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A female in her 50s. She is in home isolation. She had known out-of-state travel.
▪️ A female in her 30s. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A female under 10 years old. She is in home isolation. She had previously quarantined as a precaution. She is a close contact of a known active case.
▪️ A male in his 70s. He is hospitalized. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 40s. He has already met recovery criteria. This case is under investigation.
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. This case is under investigation. 
▪️ A male in his 30s. He is in home isolation. He had previously quarantined as a precaution. He is a close contact of a known active case.

We have had 63 COVID-19 cases to date, including 59 confirmed and four probable cases. There are 19 known active cases in Harvey County. The two aforementioned individuals account for all the current hospitalizations of Harvey County residents.

There have been 2,038 COVID-19 tests conducted for Harvey County.

Beginning Friday, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities. This is not a county-wide mandate at this time. You can find more information about the face mask requirement for our facilities here: https://www.harveycounty.com/542-news/harvey-county-news/641-county-requiring-face-masks-inside-county-facilities.html

We will continue to encourage everyone to wash your hands, social distance, and wear a mask when social distance cannot be maintained.

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Wear a mask when you are not with your immediate family. Evaluate your activities - is this worth the risk of contracting or spreading covid? We need to up our safety game.

Yep, wear a mask inside Harvey County facilities. Save those workers. To heck with the rest of our county. Wear a a mask in public. Should have been a mandate.

Have to wear a mask in county buildings, but they wouldn't pass mandatory for county, that makes no sense!. Hypocrites

How many deaths from Covid-19 in Harvey Co?

Yep they thought we hit the peak so they open everything up I think the peak was not hit yet but that's just me

2 hospitalizations. 2

Is there free testing in newton?

Harvey CountyBeginning July 10, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This requirement is in place until further notice.

This is not a county-wide mandate. This is only for our facilities, including the Courthouse, Health, Solid Waste, Parks and Road and Bridge.

Visitors inside our facilities that do not have a face mask will be provided one.

We definitely understand not everyone can wear a mask. There will be exemptions for certain criteria. Some examples:

🔸 Individuals 5 years old or younger
🔸 Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering
🔸 Individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with an individual that is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Additionally, there are a lot of services we offer that can be done online. Registering to vote, vehicle tag renewals, real estate tax payments, and planning, zoning and environmental permit fees are just a few. You can find more online resources here: www.harveycounty.com/county-operation-changes-for-covid-19.html

Face masks aren't required when you're enjoying the outdoors of Harvey County Parks. They also aren't required inside Parks rental facilities, but again, we strongly encourage it.

Employees are required to wear a face mask in indoor spaces when six feet of separation cannot be maintained, common areas, and outdoors when six feet of separation between individuals is not possible.

We appreciate your understanding. Washing your hands, social distancing and wearing a face cover when social distance can't be maintained remain our most effective defenses against COVID-19.
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From the Health Department:

“For the safety of our community we will be cancelling this year’s Community Baby Shower. We will look for an alternate way to give out information and the cribettes. Please call us if you need additional information. 316-283-1637.”
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Harvey County

Beginning July 10, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This requirement is in place until further notice.

This is not a county-wide mandate. This is only for our facilities, including the Courthouse, Health, Solid Waste, Parks and Road and Bridge.

Visitors inside our facilities that do not have a face mask will be provided one.

We definitely understand not everyone can wear a mask. There will be exemptions for certain criteria. Some examples:

🔸 Individuals 5 years old or younger
🔸 Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering
🔸 Individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with an individual that is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Additionally, there are a lot of services we offer that can be done online. Registering to vote, vehicle tag renewals, real estate tax payments, and planning, zoning and environmental permit fees are just a few. You can find more online resources here: www.harveycounty.com/county-operation-changes-for-covid-19.html

Face masks aren't required when you're enjoying the outdoors of Harvey County Parks. They also aren't required inside Parks rental facilities, but again, we strongly encourage it.

Employees are required to wear a face mask in indoor spaces when six feet of separation cannot be maintained, common areas, and outdoors when six feet of separation between individuals is not possible.

We appreciate your understanding. Washing your hands, social distancing and wearing a face cover when social distance can't be maintained remain our most effective defenses against COVID-19.
... See moreSee less

Beginning July 10, face masks are required for employees and visitors inside Harvey County government facilities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This requirement is in place until further notice.

This is not a county-wide mandate. This is only for our facilities, including the Courthouse, Health, Solid Waste, Parks and Road and Bridge. 

Visitors inside our facilities that do not have a face mask will be provided one.

We definitely understand not everyone can wear a mask. There will be exemptions for certain criteria. Some examples:

🔸 Individuals 5 years old or younger
🔸 Individuals with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering
🔸 Individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with an individual that is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.

Additionally, there are a lot of services we offer that can be done online. Registering to vote, vehicle tag renewals, real estate tax payments, and planning, zoning and environmental permit fees are just a few. You can find more online resources here: https://www.harveycounty.com/county-operation-changes-for-covid-19.html

Face masks arent required when youre enjoying the outdoors of Harvey County Parks. They also arent required inside Parks rental facilities, but again, we strongly encourage it. 

Employees are required to wear a face mask in indoor spaces when six feet of separation cannot be maintained, common areas, and outdoors when six feet of separation between individuals is not possible.

We appreciate your understanding. Washing your hands, social distancing and wearing a face cover when social distance cant be maintained remain our most effective defenses against COVID-19.

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Ok Harvey Co, why just the courthouse and government buildings? If you’re doing it there it should be county wide.

Can anyone explain the reasoning for overturning Governor Kelly’s mask mandate in Harvey County, but deciding to require masks in government facilities?

Also thanks for doing everything you can to protect your employees.

Because the police and others dont want to deal with a bunch of morons calling 911 because they saw someone in public not wearing a mask.

Thank you for doing this the RIGHT way and leading by example Harvey County!

What type of exemption document is needed.

Thanks

Ty

People should not need a mandate; they should want to protect themselves, their families, and others. Masks are easy, people. If you can't wear one, don't, but don't pressure others because you think it somehow impinges on your rights. Harvey Co. is up to 63 cases of this horrible virus right now, and it seems like it keeps climbing.

FYI...Main Street will be closed Thursday at the railroad crossing while BNSF works on the tracks. They plan to start at 7 a.m. and have the street back open by 5 p.m. Plan your routes accordingly! ... See moreSee less

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Watch for the MOC in the Burrton July 4 parade today!

We just wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for Sgt. Scott Perkins. Scott retired this week after 20 years serving the people of Harvey County.

Scott has always been willing to help, and we appreciate his welcoming personality. Just a really great guy to be around. We'll miss him around the office.

Scott's tenure with the County started in 2000. He became a sergeant in 2010. A well deserved retirement. Thanks for everything, Scott. Enjoy it!
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We just wanted to drop a quick note of appreciation for Sgt. Scott Perkins. Scott retired this week after 20 years serving the people of Harvey County.

Scott has always been willing to help, and we appreciate his welcoming personality. Just a really great guy to be around. Well miss him around the office.

Scotts tenure with the County started in 2000. He became a sergeant in 2010. A well deserved retirement. Thanks for everything, Scott. Enjoy it!

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Congratulations Scott. Your service and commitment to the community is undeniable. Thank you for being there for me and my family during my Father’s passing. I’ll never forget you for that💙

Congratulations Scott. I remember going to the academy with him. Good guy. Thank you for your service.

Congratulations Scott may you enjoy your retirement. You have come from a family that has served their community. Your dad (Dale Perkins) served on the Fire Department for many years. Enjoy the next chapter of your life.

Congratulations on your well deserved retirement... It was a pleasure working with you sir!

Thank you Scott. Congrats on your retirement! Thank you for being such a gentleman when you pulled me over Sunday night for an issue with my trailer lights.

Enjoy your retirement! Thank you for all u have done for this community!

Enjoy every minute of your retirement! Well deserved!

How has it been 20 years? That means I’ve been doing this for more than 20 years and we can’t be that old!! Congratulations Scott!

Thanks for all you have done. Always helping get my cattle in at 2 am. Congratulations man

Thank you for your service! I hope you have a happy retirement. You’ve earned it.

Congratulations! Thank you for all of your service!

Congratulations Scott and thank you so much for your dedication to our community. Enjoy your retirement! 💙

Awesome. Congrats to you sir! Way to go Scott Perkins thank you for an incredible career

Scott? Who is going to help me when I'm broke down on the highway? Congratulations anyways..

Congratulations Scott! Thank you for your 20 years of service.

Congrats & Thank You for All you have done to protect & serve the public

Congrats Scott...I’ll miss seeing you on calls. Mike

Congrats, Scott! Thanks for your service for the county!

Wow! 20 years! A great deputy! Enjoy!

Congratulations, and thank you for your service! Enjoy retirement!

Thanks Scott! Best wishes for a fun retirement!

Best of Luck Scott. Thanks for everything.

Congratulations and thank for your service. Enjoyed your time off

Happy retirement get some rest and relax in

Congratulations from CC'S Family Hair!!

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