Total cases in Kansas
(as of June 1)
Total cases in Harvey County
(as of June 1)
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(Updated June 1, 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 June 1, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reported 10,011 COVID-19 cases in the state, including 217 deaths. The KDHE has recorded 93,301 negative COVID-19 tests.

Harvey County has had 15 total cases. That includes 11 confirmed and four probable cases. Of those, 13 individuals have recovered.

The first 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 will remain in Phase Two of the plan through June 2.

Phase Two follows the framework of the State's reopening plan, but adds two directives. One restricts in-person visits at long-term care facilities through the first three phases of the local plan. Harvey County's plan also further clarifies high-risk individuals to include adults 65 years and older.

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. Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

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: