USD 235 Patrons,
I want to update all of you regarding the current state of events after Governor Kelly vetoed the pandemic bill yesterday afternoon (May 26) that was passed by the Legislature in the early morning hours of May 22.
Governor Kelly is ending her phased approach to reopening the economy by vetoing the bill and lifting practically all coronavirus-control restrictions and placing the responsibility for disease prevention on individual county health departments.
Per Health County Official Rebecca Johnson, the recommendation of the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments is to follow the guidance document from Governor Kelly through its entirety.
That means there will be no changes from Governor Kelly’s plan from Phase 2 through Phase Out. Phase 2 began on May 22 and continues until June 7. Phase 3 will begin on June 8 and continue through June 21. Phase Out will begin on June 22. Following is the information from SEKMCHD:
SEK Multi-County Health Departments
Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties
As Governor Kelly’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas framework changes to a recommended guidance document tomorrow, the Local Health Officer of Allen, Anderson, Bourbon and Woodson Counties continues to recommend residents and businesses of these counties follow this guidance document through its entirety. The guidelines that were issued by SEK Multi-County Health Departments will be taken down tomorrow, as it took us through the first phase and now there are less restrictive guidelines in place, as well as other guidance now issued by multiple state boards, KDHE, CDC, etc.
The Local Health Officer urges the public to continue to take appropriate actions, by taking responsibility for themselves and their loved ones. Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth).
Please remember if you have the symptoms to:
Call before going to a Clinic, Hospital, ER, or Health Department
Close contact means: 6 foot or less for 10 minutes or more, with a positive case.
If you are experiencing life threatening symptoms, PLEASE CALL 911.
For more information, you may call the SEK Multi-County Health Department:
Allen: (620)365-2191 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm;
Anderson: (785)448-6559 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm;
Bourbon: (620)223-4464 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm;
Woodson (620)625-2484 Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
OR the COVID-19 Hotline: (866)534-3463.
You may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/OR Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook for local updates.
Bret Howard, Uniontown USD 235 Superintendent