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