Total cases in Kansas
(as of Jan. 20)
263,412
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of Jan. 21)
3,057
Find additional Harvey County updates on social media Facebook Twitter

(Updated Jan. 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 263,412 COVID-19 cases to date in the state, including 7,930 hospitalizations and 3,575 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 1,125,705 COVID-19 tests to date.

The Harvey County Health Department has confirmed 3,057 cases of COVID-19 to date among county residents. There are 229 known active cases in Harvey County.

The KDHE is in Phase Two of its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. More information about local vaccine distribution and prioritization can be found here.

The Harvey County Commission has implemented two local health orders to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Harvey County:

  • Face Masks: The Commission voted Oct. 19 to extend a local health order requiring face masks be worn county-wide in public spaces where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. This health order is in effect until rescinded, superseded or amended.
  • Mass Gatherings: The Commission voted Jan. 5 to implement a local health order limiting mass gatherings in Harvey County to 10 individuals. 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. This health order is in effect until rescinded, superseded or amended.

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).