Total cases in Kansas
(as of April 21)
306,883
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of April 21)
3,575
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(Updated April 21, 2021)

Novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 306,883 COVID-19 cases to date in the state, including 9,997 hospitalizations and 4,961 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 1,357,761 people tested for COVID-19 to date.

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 3,575 cases of COVID-19 to date among county residents. There are eight known active cases in Harvey County.

The KDHE is in Phase Five of its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, which includes anyone 16 years old and older. More information about local vaccine distribution and prioritization can be found here.

The Harvey County Commission removed its local health orders concerning COVID-19 as of March 23, 2021. The Commission, and the Health Department, encourage residents and businesses to continue precautions such as wearing a face mask, social distancing, and receiving a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild (or no) to severe symptoms. Symptoms can 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.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 mainly spread from person to person, typically from those within about 6 feet of each other. Those infected with COVID-19 but not displaying symptoms can spread the virus. An individual's respiratory droplets can spread COVID-19, such as when the person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. COVID-19 can also be airborne, and less commonly, spread through contact with contaminated surfaces.

There are several ways you can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently (or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
  • Avoid close contact, staying 6 feet from other people
  • Wear a face mask over your nose and mouth when around others
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Stay home if you are sick (and contact your medical provider for further guidance).