COVID-19 Updates from the Phillips County Health Officer

7-10-2020 5:55 PM

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

                 Teresa McComb- Logan Manor Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                              JULY 10, 2020

2 additional fatalities and 9 additional positive results of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

Logan, KS/Phillips County – On July 10th, 2020, the Phillips County Health Department confirmed 2 additional deaths of COVID-19 positive individuals in Phillips County.  Both individuals are related to the outbreak at Logan Manor.

A 92 year old female passed away late in the night on July 9th, 2020 at the Logan Manor.

A 60 year old male passed away in the late morning hours today July 10th, 2020 at the Logan Manor.

No additional information will be released on these individuals.

There were 3 additional staff and 5 residents that tested positive from the July 8th testing and are associated with this cluster.

In addition, a 69 year old male has tested positive in the county but is not related to the Logan Manor cluster.

These are current numbers for Phillips County:

27 active cases

5 resolved cases

4 deaths

“We are incredibly saddened for the families, residents and staff at Logan Manor.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

Just a reminder: use social distancing, wear masks in public where social distancing isn’t likely, use good hand hygiene, and stay home if you are feeling ill or have a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com

Teresa McComb

Logan Manor Administrator

785-689-4201

teresamccomb@loganmanorcare.com


7-9-2020 9:50 AM

Please view the updated travel recommendations PDF provided by the Phillips County Health Officer. 

PCHO_Travel Recommendations_07-09-20.pdf


7-7-2020 3:45 pm

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

                 Teresa McComb- Logan Manor Administrator

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                              JULY 07, 2020

First and Second Fatality of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

Logan, KS/Phillips County – On July 7th, 2020, the Phillips County Health Department confirmed the first 2 known deaths of COVID-19 positive individuals in Phillips County. The individuals tested positive on 6/29/2020.  Both individuals are related to the outbreak at Logan Manor.

An 87 year old male passed away in the early hours on July 7th, 2020 at the Logan Manor.

A 47 year old male passed away at Hays Medical Center in the late morning hours on July 7th, 2020 following a hospitalization that began on July 5th, 2020.

No additional information will be released on these individuals.

This marks the first deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in Phillips County. Close contacts have been identified and will be monitored for symptoms by Phillips County Health Department Staff and in accordance with KDHE requirements.

“It is with great regret that we report our first deaths related to the Novel Coronavirus.  We offer our condolences to the families of these individuals along with prayers for all those affected by these deaths.” Said Pete Rogers, Phillips County Health Officer.

We continue to work with our community partners and with Logan Manor to mitigate the spread of this disease as well as keeping the residents and staff safe.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com

Teresa McComb

Logan Manor Administrator

785-689-4201

teresamccomb@loganmanorcare.com


7-3-2020  9:25 pm

For Immediate release:

Contact:  Pete Rogers, Phillips County Health Officer

Phillips County Health Department has identified another 18 positive Covid-19 individuals related to the cluster at the Logan Manor, Logan Kansas.

8 of these cases are among staff members and there are 10 additional residents who have tested positive for a total of 17 residents.  All close contacts are being notified and are asked to quarantine.  No additional information will be provided on the staff or residents.  If you have been identified as a close contact, you will be notified.

We continue to recommend using social distancing, wearing masks in public where social distancing is not likely, using good hygiene practices, limiting travel to essential needs, not traveling to hotspots and staying home if you are feeling ill or have a fever of greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


7-02-2020  11:02 am

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 JULY 02, 2020

Three additional positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department has identified three additional cases from the cluster at the Logan Manor in Logan, KS.

This outbreak is confined to the nursing home. The assisted living has not been affected. There have been seven positives amongst residents confirmed at this time. All staff and all residents have been tested and are awaiting results. Additional numbers will be provided following those results. No information about the residents will be released. All positive cases are isolated away from the remaining residents.

We would like to remind everyone of the recommendations to limit the spread of the virus:

Limit gatherings in large groups where social distancing is not likely to happen, use social distancing, wear face masks in public where social distancing is unlikely, use good hygiene practices, limit non-essential travel and please stay home if you are ill or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


7-01-2020  4:22 pm

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 JULY 01, 2020

Four new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department has identified a cluster at the Logan Manor in Logan, KS.

This outbreak is confined to the nursing home. The assisted living has not been affected. There have been four positives amongst residents confirmed at this point. All staff and all residents are currently being tested. Additional numbers will be provided following those results. No information about the residents will be released. All positive cases are isolated away from the remaining residents.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


6-30-2020 12:15 PM

Mask_Information.pdf



6-26-2020 4:45 PM

Potential exposure to anyone attending MAYB tournaments this past weekend in Hays or Wichita. At this time, attendees are not required to quarantine... HOWEVER, they are asked to be extra vigilant in monitoring for symptoms including cough, fever, chills, sore throat, muscle pain, fatigue, loss or change in smell or taste, diarrhea, or shortness of breath. 

If an attendee develops symptoms, it is requested that he/she isolate and call before seeking medical attention unless the need is URGENT. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Emergency Operations Center at 785-540-4262.

KDHE Issues Reminders for Sports Tournaments/Public Gatherings


6-26-2020 3:00 PM

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is warning about potential poor air quality from Saharan dust that is expected to move into the region this weekend. 

Steps to protect your health when the matter is present in your community:

• Healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous outdoor exercise. 

• People with respiratory or heart-related illness should remain indoors. 

• Help keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running the air conditioners with air filters.

• Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.

• Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue. 


6-25-2020 2:50 PM

Please view the updated travel recommendations PDF provided by the Phillips County Health Officer. 

PCHO_Travel Recommendations_Update.pdf


6-20-2020  2:00 pm

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 JUNE 20, 2020

3rd positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department is announcing the 3rd positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Phillips County.

The case involves a male in his 60’s, who has not been feeling well for a couple weeks. This individual has been quarantined at home upon not feeling well so there has been no contact with the public.  Phillips County Health Department officials have identified 2 close contacts who are quarantining according to KDHE guidelines. We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

We would like to remind everyone of the recommendations to limit the spread of the virus:

Limit gatherings in large groups where social distancing is not likely to happen, use social distancing, wear face masks in public where social distancing is unlikely, use good hygiene practices, limit non-essential travel and please stay home if you are ill or have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


6-17-2020 3:00 pm

No additional positive cases in Phillips County. 

KDHE has released new travel quarantine guidelines.  

Travel Quarantine List - Updated 6-17-20.pdf

We are often asked where the hotspots are in Kansas and Nebraska. So here is a list of those with active cases of 10 or more. We will update this list every Wednesday. 

PCHO_Travel Recommendations.pdf


6-1-2020  4:00 pm

No additional positive cases in Phillips County.

The 2nd positive case has met all requirements to be released from quarantine.  Those family members still in the house will remain under quarantine orders until June 11.

This morning the County Commissioners signed Resolution 602 extending a state of local public health emergency for Phillips County.  This resolution will remain effect until rescinded by the County Commission.

There is no need for alarm here as this a procedural step that is needed for Phillips County to be eligible for COVID-19 related expenses should any funding be made available at the state or national level.

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Resolution #602.pdf

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


PhillipsCoReopen.pdf


5-21-2020  3:30 pm

No additional cases in Phillips County!

Kansas is set to move to a modified phase 2 at midnight tonight. The executive order and guidance documents have been uploaded.  

As Memorial Day approaches us, I hope everyone is able to honor those that have given their lives in battle to protect us.  In addition, I hope everyone enjoys their weekend safely.

This is EMS week as well.  I'd like to take the opportunity to thank my brothers and sisters in Emergency Medical Services for sacrificing their time and offering their talents to help people in their times of need.

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Executive Order No. 20-34

Safe Memorial Day Guidance

Ad Astra Plan: Updated 5.19.2020

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


5-15-2020  2:10 pm

Executive orders 20-31 (phase 1.5) and 20-32 (shared work relief) have been updated under the resource section on this page.  In addition, there is some guidance as to phase 1.5. 

We do have 1 active case as of now.  Please remember the recommendation to wear a mask in public where social distancing is difficult and observe the social distancing guidelines.  Also, good hygiene practices remain in effect.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Executive Order No. 20-31

Executive Order No. 20-32

Revised Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


5-14-2020  5:30 pm

Fortunately we are moving to another phase.  Unfortunately it is phase 1.5 instead of 2.  I will try to interpret this over this evening and tomorrow morning.  I plan to be on the Tadpoll at 9 am tomorrow and the radio following that.  In addition, I will post information sometime tomorrow.

What I can gather up to this point is that the following will be allowed in 1.5 with some restrictions.

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, and other personal service businesses by appointment only.  Fitness centers and health clubs.  In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies with no more than 10 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time.  10 persons is still the limit to gatherings.

More information to follow tomorrow.

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


5-14-2020  12:40 pm

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 MAY 14, 2020

Second positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department is announcing the second positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Phillips County.

The case involves a female in her 30’s and is recovering in isolation at home. This case has no identifiable travel exposure. At this time, we are investigating the source of exposure. All close contacts have been identified and are quarantining.  We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released. 

Please remember that social distancing is the best way to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and that wearing a mask in public (especially where social distancing is difficult) is strongly recommended.

Anyone exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19 should contact their health care provider or the Phillips County Health Department at 785-543-6850.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, shortness of breath, malaise, sore throat, chills, and diarrhea.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or https://covid.ks.gov/

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


5-11-2020  4:40 pm

No additional cases in Phillips County!!

We are in the middle of Phase 1 of the governor's plan.  There is really nothing new to report as far as this goes.

I am hopeful we will be able to get to Phase 2 at the beginning of next week.  Keep an eye on the news and we will update this site as soon as more information comes available.

Thank you to everyone doing their part to keep Phillips County safe!!

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


5-4-2020

Phillips County has agreed to follow executive order 20-29 in compliance with the Ad Astra: A Plan to Re-open Kansas, effective today, May 4, 2020. Following those guidelines, it has allowed all travel restrictions and limiting of large public gatherings orders put in place by the Phillips County Health Officer to rescind.

These orders include rescinding of the Emergency Order by the PCHO on Travel Restrictions posted by the Public Health Officer on April 24, 2020, along with the Emergency Order on large public gatherings from April 09, 2020.

Rescind: Apr 24 2020 - 2- PM_Travel_PCHO.pdf        

Rescind: EO_PCHO_4_9_2020.pdf  

With Phase 1 of Governor Kelly’s Order, the courthouse will re-open to the public. There will be only three taxpayers allowed in the Treasurer’s Office at a time, and the Appraisers Office will enable only one taxpayer at a time. There will be lines taped on the floor. Please use common sense and remember social distancing. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the drop boxes located at the east and west doors and remember you have a 60-day extension on renewing vehicle tags.

Thank you all for doing your part to help keep Phillips County safe.

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!


5-1-2020

No additional cases in Phillips County!

I'm sure everyone is well aware by now of the governor's reopen plan.  All documents pertaining to the proclamation, executive order, reopen plan and guidance have been uploaded to this site.  In addition, specific industry guidance for businesses can be found at  coronavirus.kdheks.gov.

Phase One begins on May 4 and will run until May 18 at a minimum.  The guidance is specific as to what can't occur or be open.  Unless specified, all businesses may reopen as long as they follow the specific industry guidance.

I plan to get on the radio shortly in addition to a special edition of the Tadpoll at 3 pm which will be recorded for replay on MyPhillipsCountyOnline.  

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Family Resources and Support: https://covid.ks.gov/family-resources-support/

Business and Assistance: https://covid.ks.gov/benefits-assistance/

Business and Agriculture: https://covid.ks.gov/business-agriculture/

Support Your Fellow Kansans: https://covid.ks.gov/support-fellow-kansans/

Guidance for Re-Opening Food Service Establishments: https://www.phillipscountyks.org/media/Health Department/Executive Orders/Guidance for Re-Opening Food Service Establishments (1).pdf

State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation

Executive Order No. 20-29

Executive Order No. 20-28

EO 20-28 Guidance

Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas

KDHE Industry Guidance

Business Guidance

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


4-24-2020  2:15 pm

No additional cases in Phillips County!

For those of you that pay attention to the numbers, Kansas has increased in positive COVID-19 cases by 566 in the last two days. I realize that increased testing, especially in the meat packing industry, can account for this but that still means there are a lot of risks to traveling and bringing the virus back to Phillips County.  Nebraska increased 311 cases since yesterday's report.  If we wish to keep Phillips County safe, we must be diligent and not travel.  I'm not trying to infringe on anyone's rights by any means.  It is my mission, as the health officer, to navigate these times as cautiously as possible to limit the exposure to the public's health in Phillips County.  It takes each and every person in Phillips County to assist with this process.  For the most part, everyone is doing a great job but again, it takes us all!!

I want to get back to life just like everyone else but if we can't reduce the spread, I fear this will be difficult to do.

The travel quarantine list has been updated and a link to it is below.  Please stay away from these areas unless absolutely necessary to go.  If it is essential, please use great caution and protect yourself.

Apr 24 2020 - 2- PM_Travel_PCHO.pdf 

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


4-21-2020  2:50 pm

No additional cases in Phillips County!

The positive case in Phillips County has recovered and doing well.  So our only case has resolved.

There is still a lot of speculation and discussion as to what happens after May 3rd.  I would guess that there will be a lot of guidance between now and then as to how things will look when the stay at home order is lifted.  We will update on this page as guidance comes out.

There is expanded testing that is happening across the state so I would expect that the numbers will continue to climb at least over the next couple of weeks.

Thank you all for doing your part to help keep Phillips County safe.  I truly appreciate the efforts.  I know it has been difficult and hopefully we are on the downhill side of things.  We do still have a bit to go though.  

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


4-15-2020  4:45 pm

No additional cases in Phillips County.  

The Governor announced today that the stay at home order will be extended until May 3rd.  It is the hope that between now and then there will be committee discussions with guidance on how we get back to "normal".  I would speculate that this will be a step process that encompasses weeks or maybe months until all things are operating again.  It is imperative that we all abide by social distancing, stay at home and other orders that have been issued to help expedite this process.

Thank you to everyone that is doing their part!!!

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


4-13-2020  4:15 pm

There is one confirmed positive case in Phillips County.  See news release below.

In addition, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld all of Governor Kelly's Executive Orders.  

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is the lead agency on this public health pandemic in Kansas.  Their guidance and collaboration with the Governor's office is the driving force behind these orders to help protect the citizen's of Kansas from this pandemic.  At a local level we are charged with informing the citizens of Phillips County and enforcing (if necessary) these orders.  We are also authorized by statute to issue orders in the interest of maintaining public health.  The decisions to issue orders are in no way taken lightly at any level and are made with keeping us all as safe as possible.

These are again, unprecedented times we are living in.  With the cooperation and understanding of the citizens of Phillips County, we will all get through this together!!

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 APRIL 13, 2020

Confirmed positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department is announcing the first confirmed positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Phillips County.

The case involves a male in his 50’s, with a travel history in the last 2 weeks. Phillips County Health Department officials and Phillips County Health Systems staff have identified any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed are self-quarantining at home. We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

Over the weekend, the presumptive positive case was confirmed positive.  This is the only positive case in Phillips County at this point.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


4-10-2020  10:00 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE!!

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Pete Rogers – Phillips County Public Health Officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 APRIL 10, 2020

Presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Phillips County

The Phillips County Health Department is announcing the first presumptive positive case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Phillips County.

The case involves a male in his 50’s, with a travel history in the last 2 weeks. Phillips County Health Department officials and Phillips County Health Systems staff are working to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

“Sadly we have identified through reference lab testing the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Phillips County. The individual is being monitored and is quarantined along with his family. Now that we know this disease is in our community we are asking that all residents continue to comply with the Governor’s current stay at home order and take all the steps we have been outlining to help avoid and stop the spread of this illness,” said Pete Rogers, Phillips County Public Health Officer.

Phillips County residents can stay informed by visiting:

www.phillipscountyks.org , www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

For general information, you may contact the EOC at 785-540-4262.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


4-10-2020  12:30 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!!

I'm issuing a local travel quarantine order that is meant to work in conjunction with the KDHE travel quarantine document.  These are very trying times for everyone.  However, if we all work together and do the right thing, we can flatten the curve and keep Phillips County safe.

Apr 10 2020 - 11-57 AM_Travel_PCHO.pdf

4-6-20 Travel Press Release.pdf

Enjoy your weekend safely!!

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


4-9-2020  4:40 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

Thank you to all who are observing the stay at home orders as well as social distancing and group gathering guidance.  It is because of you that we will be successful in flattening the curve and getting back to life much quicker.

I apologize for the lack of updates over the last couple of days.  There hasn't been much guidance from the State and a lot of trying to decipher what is going on.

I'm sure many of you have heard of the disagreement in our State Leadership in Topeka recently.  Because of the uncertainty of Executive Orders 20-14 and 20-18 it has become necessary to issue an order limiting gatherings to 10 people locally.  This order does not change the way we are currently doing things in Phillips County. 

EO_PCHO_4_9_2020.pdf  

Stay Positive, Stay Safe, Stay Phillips County Strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


4-6-2020  5:15 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

There are recommendations from the CDC about wearing masks while out conducting essential business. It is titled...use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Feel free to check out the CDCs guidance. In addition it has instructions on how to make them from different items.

I haven't heard of a lot of anything that is new to update on during the day today.  

We'll just assume that no news is good news and we are all doing a great job of stay at home and social distancing.

Stay Positive, Stay Strong and Stay Safe!!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


4-6-2020  12:25 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!!

The public access ban to the Phillips County Landfill has been rescinded effectively immediately.  Please remember that the stay at home order and social distancing are still in effect.  So, think about that as you need to access the landfill or anything else for that matter.  

The process for payment to the landfill to dump will be explained to you upon your visit to the landfill.

Thank you as always to those of you who are "doing the right thing."

I will update again towards the end of the day but wanted to get the landfill information out immediately.

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


4-3-2020  5:30 pm

It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion as to my update from this morning.  As with everything in print, it is left to the reader's interpretation.  I did NOT say that you are not allowed to leave Phillips County!  I do not have any authority or intent to say that to anyone.  I did suggest that you not leave the county (or your home for that matter) unless necessary.  That is the suggestion of a "stay at home order".  

I wanted to take a minute to clarify “testing” for COVID-19.

We do not have the ability to “test” in Phillips County.  We can however “sample” and get that sent off for testing.

Sampling kits are in very short supply in Kansas.  Therefore, certain criteria have to be met before you will be sampled for COVID-19.

The process works like this:

  • You have signs/symptoms and know exposure of COVID-19.
  • You call your provider or the local health department for pre-screening.
  • If you meet the criteria, you will be instructed where and when to be sampled.
  • That sample will then be sent to a test laboratory.
  • You will be contacted of your test results as soon as the appropriate entity is advised.

You can not and will not be sampled unless you meet the criteria set forth by KDHE or your provider.  There is hope on the horizon that widespread sampling/testing in the future.  However, it is not available at this time.

There is no need for any employer or individual to demand someone be tested.  It is not the current practice so it will not be done.

We will advise our community as soon as this may become available and explain the process at that time.

Stay Strong, Stay Positive and Stay Safe!

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


4-3-2020 11:05 am

As of this time Phillips County does not have a positive case!

In a special meeting this morning the Phillips County Commissioners signed Resolution 600 declaring Phillips County a disaster due to COVID-19. One of our triggers was a positive confirmed case in a surrounding county.

Again, Phillips County does not have a positive case at this time!

This is merely a paperwork step to have access to more resources used for COVID-19.

However, it is time to take things seriously if you haven't already.  Unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, please do not travel outside of Phillips County.  Please adhere to the stay at home order and social distancing restrictions.

I wanted to get this information out as soon as I could so there is still NO need to panic!!  I will update toward the end of the day.

Phillips County Health Officer 

Pete Rogers


4-2-2020  6:15 pm

PUBLIC 

The Phillips County Commissioners will convene a Special Meeting at 8:30 am Friday, April 3rd at the Phillips County Courthouse.


4-1-2020  3:45 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!!

I thought I'd add a little clarification for those function/businesses that have been deemed non-essential. Please remember, the State of Kansas has come up with this list of Kansas Essential Functions Framework. It was not created locally.

I am not picking on anyone here. I feel like the response speaks volumes to explain things.

I am typing verbatim from a chat and the answer from the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel. 

Q: Can flower shops still deliver flowers even if they are closed to the public coming in? Can people operate home based businesses from home?

A: No, flower shops are not essential businesses and even though they would be delivering flowers, they would still have to leave their home to prepare flowers in the shop.  Home based businesses can operate from home only if they are not leaving their home or allowing people to come to their home to conduct business.

So what this means to me is everyone that can be home, should be home!! We should all be doing our part in flattening the curve.

These are certainly unprecedented times. Please bear with me as I try to interpret and get definitive answers from the state as different situations arise. 

I greatly appreciate all that YOU are doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


EMERGENCY ORDER OF LOCAL HEALTH OFFICER

04/01/2020  12:00 pm

By the order of the Phillips County Health Officer and pursuant to the authority granted in K.S.A. 65-119, I hereby order the Phillips County Landfill closed to public access effective immediately and until further notice.

The County and City will still run as scheduled.

The Phillips County Landfill will remain closed to public access until rescinded by the Phillips County Health Officer.  Any questions regarding this order may be directed to Pete Rogers, Phillips County Health Officer.

Pete Rogers

Phillips County Health Officer

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


4-01-2020 10:33 am

•  Executive Order by Governor Kelly: 

     EO20-16.pdf

    Email: keff@ks.gov

• Contact Emergency Operations Center: 

   785-540-4262

   phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com

• Situational updates and guidance can be found through CDC and KDHE.

Phillips County: phillipscountyks.org

CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

KDHE: kdheks.gov (COVID-19 resource center)


3-31-2020  10:15 am

I would like to take a minute and explain a little deeper on the essential/non-essential businesses.  Executive Order 20-16 is the Governor’s Stay at Home Order.  Within it is the Kansas Essential Functions Framework or KEFF which is also listed in Executive Order 20-15.  It is my understanding, after the multitude of calls I’ve listened to with the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, that no local health department has the authority to deviate from this framework either way.  It is, however, up to the local law enforcement and local health officer to enforce this.  If anyone has any questions about whether their business is essential or not, they should email keff@ks.gov.  They have a relatively quick turnaround in answering questions.  Neither local law enforcement nor the local health officer has ordered any businesses closed in Phillips County.  I have simply asked the question and relayed the answer I was provided.

Here’s the long and short of it from my perspective.  If we don’t stay home or use social distancing when we are out, this will never end!!  It is a short-term sacrifice for a potentially long-term problem. 

EO20-16.pdf

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


You can contact us at the Emergency Operations Center 

785-540-4262

phillipscountyeoc@gmail.com


3-30-2020  2:40 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

This pandemic is not a joke.  It is not ok to say or comment about having been exposed.  If you truly have, you should be adhering to the quarantine policy.   

Phillips County Health Department and Health Officer statement on the stay-at-home order

Pursuant to Executive Order 20-16 all Phillips County residents as well as all Kansans are subject to a stay at home order.  Phillips County Health Department and Health Officer encourages all residents to read and understand the order. 

All Kansans are directed to stay in their homes unless you are performing an essential function.  Activities that are permitted are obtaining food, medicine or other household necessities, seeking medical care, performing an essential function as defined in the KEFF framework, caring for children or family members or pets or care of another vulnerable person at another location, engaging in outdoor activities and private family gatherings.  Keep in mind, best practices and social distancing including the 10 person limit should be observed at all times.

The KEFF framework defines necessary functions that are exempt from the stay at home order.  If you have specific questions regarding necessary functions or your individual business, please email KEFF@ks.gov to determine that.  The Health Department, Health Officer and/or Dispatch are unable to give you those answers as the Governor’s order supersedes local orders as it pertains to necessary/essential functions.  In addition, there are no requirements for paperwork or credentials to work or move about Phillips County or Kansas as a whole.

We encourage everyone to utilize this order and all guidance from CDC and KDHE to keep yourselves and your loved ones safe in these difficult and unprecedented times.  Please remember that basic precautions such as washing your hands, covering your cough and avoiding any non-essential time outside of your home, are our best defense for this virus!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-28-2020  12:15 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

As you are all probably aware, the Governor has issued a statewide stay at home order effective 12:01 am Monday, March 30 thru midnight Sunday, April 19.

I have attached Executive Order 20-16 for your guidance. In addition, we will be adding some flyers to address what this means for Phillips County. THERE IS NO NEED FOR A LETTER OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT TO WORK OR MOVE ABOUT THE COUNTY!!!!

EO20-16.pdf

Please keep in mind as you read this order that it is not up to us to decide who is essential for your organization.  This is up to your leadership to determine using the framework within this guidance.  We would however, ask that you do your best to trim down and limit the folks that will be out in the communities of the county.

This doesn't change a whole lot for what YOU, the great people of Phillips County, have already been doing.  Thank you!!

Rather than wait until 12:01 am Monday, if you haven't already taken steps, please do so now!!

Keep checking back on this page as we update it with additional information.

Stay Strong, Stay Positive and Stay Safe!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-27-2020  4:35 pm

There are no positive cases in Phillips County!!

In addition to the KDHE list of the mandatory 14 day quarantines, I have made it mandatory that you quarantine for 14 days if you travel to or from Johnson, Wyandotte and Sedgwick counties. It is also highly recommended that you quarantine for 14 days if you travel to or from any county with a confirmed positive case. There is a map of confirmed positive cases on the KDHE Coronavirus Resource page.

We have been fielding a lot of "I heard" calls. I wanted to give you a little information that may help with this.

We have certain triggers in place to minimize our risks here in Phillips County. Those are...a confirmed positive case in an immediately surrounding county or in Phillips County. I have made connections in Nebraska as well as in our neighboring counties in Kansas to keep us informed. You will all know as soon as the trigger is being pulled because it will result in this...a Safer at Home Order will be issued in our county.  WE ARE NOT THERE YET. Another scenario would be if Governor Kelly would issue it statewide. Either way, we would follow the guidance that is already in place to accomplish this.

I understand that Rooks County has issued a Safer at Home Order. That is not one of our triggers. THEY DO NOT HAVE A CONFIRMED POSITIVE CASE. 

Whether anyone is being sampled for testing or not, has no bearing on any special actions needing to be taken. Those folks should be doing the prudent thing which is to be quarantined until they are cleared.

There is no reason to panic!!

I have cussed for years the fact that we've had so many exercises and drills in emergency preparedness. I'm eating those words now because we ARE prepared in Phillips County.

Stay Strong, Stay Positive and Stay Safe!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-25-2020  4:45 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

The Phillips County Courthouse will be closed to the public effective 5 pm today.  Business will still be conducted, but please call ahead to make arrangements with the appropriate office.

I plan to be on the Tadpole at approximately 9:15 am tomorrow and then KKAN/KQMA at approximately 10 am. 

Thank you everyone for doing your part to flatten the curve.

Stay safe, stay positive and stay strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-24-2020  5:50 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!

Notes from the County Commissioners:

  1. County Employees-there will still be health screenings however they will not be in April as in the past.  We will let department heads know when we get them rescheduled.
  2. The recycling program will be suspended until further notice beginning Monday, March 30.  You still have time until Sunday to get your items to recycle.  All trailers will be removed on Monday.  This includes the City's trailers.
  3. No household hazardous waste will be accepted until further notice beginning Monday, March 30.
  4. The County offices as well as the Courthouse are not closed at this time.  

Governor Kelly issued executive orders today to limit gatherings to 10 people.  Please click below to see this order and exemptions and rules with this.

EO-20-14-Executed - Copy.pdf

Some counties in the state are under stay at home orders.  Phillips County is not at this time.

I appreciate everyone's efforts in flattening the curve.  I understand these can be difficult times and directives to deal with.  Please continue to do your part and know you are doing the right thing!!!  Please check on your neighbors and take care of each other.

Stay positive and stay safe!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-23-2020  4:05 pm

No positive cases in Phillips County!!! 

Please do your best to direct those you know to this site as this will be where I communicate the happenings in Phillips County.  I understand that not everyone has access to a computer or the internet.  Feel free to share the postings from this site (unaltered) in whatever way we can reach those people.  Please take time to sign up for Civic Ready on the Emergency Management page on this site.  This will be another avenue to get you important information.  

I plan to put together a more comprehensive statement for tomorrow so be watching for that.  In addition, I will schedule time on the radio and other media outlets and will share that schedule here.

Thank you all for efforts in flattening the curve.

Phillips County is a great place to live and we will get through this together!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-20-2020  4:25 pm

We currently have no cases in Phillips County.  Let’s keep it that way by everyone doing their part. 

Thank you to everyone, whether it is a business or individual, for taking measures to “flatten the curve”.  If you are in need of anything, please let us know at the Emergency Operations Center and we will exhaust every means we have to get you the things you need.  That number is 785-540-4262. 

I urge each and every one of you to get your information from a credible source.  The CDC and KDHE have not led me astray in any information I need to keep Phillips County aware and informed. 

That being said, please allow me to dispel a rumor.  Marshal Law has not been declared in Kansas!!  The National Guard has not been deployed to police Kansans!!  The guidelines, travel restrictions and executive orders from the Governor have been put in place so as citizens of the human race you can be informed and diligent in reducing the spread of COVID-19. 

Nothing has been ordered to be closed in Phillips County.  Many, if not all, businesses have taken steps to limit contact and the need for people to be out of their homes or vehicles unnecessarily.  I thank you for your efforts!!! 

One last thing for today…I would ask that if you are quarantined or in isolation, that you please inform the entity coming into your home to provide you with the services you request of them.  This will allow the visitors or servicemen to take appropriate measures to safeguard themselves and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


Important Notes from the City Council

March 19, 2020

(Proactive steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus)

  • First and foremost- any government issued mandates are to be followed first and overrides any other plan previously put in place.
  • Reiterate to council, employees, and community to follow travel guidelines issued by the Governor.
  • Phillipsburg will be ready for whatever is necessary, and will follow the direction of the Phillips County Health Officer and KDHE.
  • Every citizen needs to adhere to every rule and plan put into place.
  • Phillipsburg is an excellent place to live and we are confident that residents will ban together to help each other to fill needs. 
  • Encourage communication to connect businesses who need extra help with those who are currently out of work.

Armory Facility

Driver's License Examiner's Office, Wellness Center, Armory rentals, and Therapy Pool are now closed until further notice. 

Community Building Facility

Community Building is closed. 

Street Shop, Water & Sewer Plant

Employee only signs are up at the water plant, sewer plant, and street shop. Changes in operations or operator schedules will follow guidance from KDHE.

Library

The library is currently closed.  After USD #325 plans are released, the Facility Committee will revisit needs for library use. 

Airport

Airport is open. The airport office is being disinfected regularly.  A sign in list will be posted to track visitors in the airport office.

Municipal Court

It was the consensus of the Council to postpone Municipal Court until further notice. 

Transportation

Public Transportation services will be limited to the purposes of traveling to and from medical appointments and jobs only.  Vehicles will be disinfected regularly. Transportation may be made available in the future for supply deliveries if needed. 

Public Works Crews

Public works will be separated into three crews.  They will work in separate locations to minimize contact between crews. Workers will stick to assigned vehicles and disinfect regularly.

Travel

Reiterate to council, employees, and community to follow travel guidelines issued by the governor.

Staying Informed

Rogers will be continually reviewing information as it unfolds from the various state agencies and sharing the information. 

Local Business Needs

Wells reported some local businesses are already facing difficulties and will continue to communicate updates on businesses with Mayor Munyon.  Phillipsburg Chamber & Mainstreet will help to communicate changes in businesses' hours or services.  Finance Committee will determine if Industrial Development Funds could benefit local businesses and make recommendations to the Council.

Community Support

Council encourages residents to continue using local businesses as much as possible to keep them prosperous. The city is donating any surplus of toilet paper inventory to the food bank.

Summer Hiring

It was the consensus of the Council to hire, at minimum, 15 of the previously hired summer workers.  If the outdoor pool opening is delayed the city plans to offer other job duties. 

Indoor & Outdoor Pool

City will follow regulations established for licensed pools for reopening dates. 


DO NOT PANIC!!!

There are no current cases in Phillips County. We are working closely with state officials and keeping abreast of this ever evolving situation. 

Things we need to know:

  • Have you traveled and where?
  • Do you have symptoms?
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 degree fahrenheit

The process if suspected COVID-19:

  • Call ahead for guidance (785) 543-6850
  • We will advise on how and where to test to gather a sample (Keep in mind these samples will have to be sent off for testing).
  • The results for this test along with a discussion with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will determine if sampling for COVID-19 is necessary.
  • If so, that sampling will be done by guidance as well and it will also be sent off for testing.
  • The results will then come back to the Health Department and we will develop a plan for each patient. 
  • During the time of all the sampling and until all results are in, each individual will need to be quarantined.

Although nothing has been closed in Phillips County, we are discouraging gatherings of more than 50 people in the next 8 weeks. Use social distancing (stay at least 6 feet away from other people).

We are discouraging travel to any location where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you choose to travel to one of these locations, please use diligence and self quarantine as well as notify the Health Department so we may monitor you. 

Situational updates and guidance can be found through CDC and KDHE.

CDC: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

KDHE: kdheks.gov (COVID-19 resource center)

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-17-2020  12:05 pm

Click on the links below regarding mass gatherings/businesses and utility executive orders from Governor Kelly.

These are no longer suggestions.  They are orders from the state.

20-04 Executed.pdf

20-05 Executed.pdf

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-17-2020  5:15 pm

Our Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Phillips County is open from 8-5 during the week and as needed in the evenings and on weekends.  

Keep in mind that there are a lot of webinars, conference calls and meetings to stay current with new guidance from the state and cdc.

In conjunction with the EOC we are working with all county, cities, healthcare entities and public utilities to provide for the best health and protection of the citizens for Phillips County.

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


3-19-2020  5:00 pm

I wanted to address severe weather season in the midst of COVID-19.

If you are in an area with a storm warning, you should find the appropriate place to shelter regardless of numbers of people or social distancing.  The storm will get you before COVID-19 will in these scenarios.  However, remember to follow self isolation and notification guidelines in the event you are sheltering with someone who has had positive results.

At this time there are still no positive cases in Phillips County.  Good job everyone!!

Stay safe and stay strong!!

Phillips County Health Officer

Pete Rogers


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