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Our apologies for the delay in posting COVID-19 numbers this evening. The County is currently undergoing a network update restricting access to the normal file. The updated file will be shared as soon as possible. In the meantime here is a quick update:

Franklin County is sad to announce the deaths of two County residents over the weekend due to COVID-19 and we send our sincerest condolences to their families.

The Health Department has reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, October 23rd. One case that was reported last week is not a Franklin County resident and has been removed from our total case count. There are currently 37 pending test results and 5 hospitalizations that have been reported to the hospital.

Guidance for Halloween 2020

Franklin County Event Guidelines

 **Attention - We apologize for the confusion**
The following testing locations are approved by the Franklin County Health Department and the State of Kansas:
•AdventHealth Ottawa
•Ottawa Family Physicians Laboratory
•Other area hospitals as determined on a case-by-case basis

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 The Health Department continues to see young people in their teens and twenties testing positive as well as more symptomatic cases. Please do your part in helping to mitigate the spread of this virus:
•Wear a mask in public
•Distance yourself (at least 6ft.) from those you do not reside with
•Wash yours hands for at least 20 seconds
•Thoroughly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

When Can My Employee Return to Work?

If you or someone you know needs a mask, please reach out to the city hall of the city you reside in or near. Franklin County has passed out thousands of masks to be distributed to area residents and businesses. If you have questions, please call 229-3505.

Executive Order #20-52 - Masks

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State of Kansas Update - 10.14.20

Information provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

  • 69,155 Positive Cases
  • 838 Deaths
  • All 105 Kansas Counties have been affected
  • There have been 510,672 negative tests conducted at KDHE and private labs
  • The median age is 36
  • 34,267 cases are female, 33,862 cases are male and 1,026 cases are unknown

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Updated - 07.06.20
Please do your part to keep those around you safe – wear a mask, social distance, and thoroughly wash your hands multiple times throughout the day.

05.29.20 - A Message from Dr. Bud Ransom, Franklin County Health Officer - Regarding Our Local Response to COVID-19. Click here

Looking for Employment?

Franklin County Openings

The Kansas Department of Commerce has launched a resource to connect those who are currently unemployed to much-needed jobs. Businesses across Kansas need workers for immediate hire. More information can be found here: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-response/covid-19-jobs-and-hiring-portal/ 

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-hiring-intake-form/

KDHE Mask Guidance
CDC Recommended Mask Usage - FAQ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, where it is hard to keep a physical distance.

Recent studies have proven that individuals with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. The virus can be spread between people interacting in close proximity – such as through speaking, coughing or sneezing. For this reason, if it is not absolutely essential for you to be a in public setting, PLEASE STAY HOME.

Please keep in mind that paper masks and N95 masks should only be used by healthcare workers. These masks are in very short supply nationwide and we would ask that you not source these for personal use.

Learn more about the CDC’s guidance for face coverings here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html

The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Take the following steps to minimize your risk:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Distance yourself from others when in public, especially if you are a senior or have a medical condition that puts you in a high-risk category.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when in public. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue. Throw the used tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily -- including phones, keyboards, doorknobs, handles and light switches – with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

KDHE Travel Self-Quarantine List - Updated 05.18.20


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Help us slow the spread by participating in social distancing.
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Can I be tested for COVID-19

Call Ahead: 
If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not go to your healthcare provider or to the emergency room. Call first!
 AdventHealth Ottawa  785-229-8200
 Dr. Corder  785-242-7773
 Franklin County Health Department  785-229-3530
 Health Partnership Clinic 913-401-2750
Ottawa Care Clinic 785-214-4903
Ottawa Family Physicians 785-242-1620

Click Here for Franklin County Updates
Click Here for KDHE Updates
Click Here for Information for Businesses

KDHE Public Hotline


Do These Things To Protect Yourself:

  • Your best defense against the COVID-19 is practicing good hand hygiene. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative when soap and water is unavailable. However, it should not be used as a primary source for hand hygiene.
  • If you are elderly AND/OR have underlying health concerns, you may want consider forgoing social gatherings with large crowds.
  • There is NO magic home remedy, medication or treatment that will defend against COVID-19. Again, your best defense is good hand hygiene.
  • Stockpiling is not necessary.

Other Available Resources:
Get the latest information from the CDC and KDHE: