There have been 28 new cases of COVID-19 reported since Friday, April 29th. There are currently 44 active cases, 3 pending PCR test results, and 0 COVID hospitalizations at AdventHealth Ottawa that have been reported to the Health Department.
As the Franklin County Health Department continues to move into a new phase of the COVID-19 response, there will no longer be a weekly COVID-19 report going forward. Weekly COVID-19 information from KDHE can be found here: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/160/COVID-19-in-Kansas.
Beginning Thursday, May 12, 2022, the Health Department will no longer be performing COVID-19 PCR tests. If you need a PCR test for an upcoming procedure or for travel purposes, please reach out to a pharmacy or your physician’s office.
HOME TESTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE, as well as COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses. Please call the Health Department at (785)229-3530 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
From the CDC: Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected. COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control. However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who will still get sick from COVID-19.
CDC Quarantine Guidance for Schools - Mask Exception
- Exception: In the K–12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.
- This exception can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/contact-tracing/contact-tracing-plan/appendix.html#contact
- To make it clear: If both individuals are not wearing a mask, the exposed close contact must follow quarantine protocols.
**Please take the time to read Dr. Ransom's thoughts on the
Kansas Adopts CDC's Guidance on Mask-Wearing, Physical Distancing - Update 05.13.21 -
Along with the State of Kansas, Franklin County is following CDC guidance in regards to mask-wearing and physical distancing.
While the new case count is low and the active-case trends continue to be encouraging, there are several COVID-19 variants that may pose a significant threat. Franklin County residents should continue to take COVID precautions:
- Wear a mask in public
- Social distance from those you do not reside with
- Wash your hands often
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
Dr. Bud Ransom, Franklin County Public Health Officer, believes that the next several weeks could be crucial in keeping the variant strains largely inactive in this community.
The County has received several questions pertaining to Governor Kelly's new Executive Order, E.O. #20-68, which goes into effect next Wednesday, November 25th. This Executive Order serves as the second mandatory mask order issued by the Governor's Office, the first being Executive Order #20-52. As Franklin County continues to acknowledge E.O. #20-52, the provisions of E.O. #20-68 are duplicative and do not change the County's pandemic response. Franklin County continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in all spaces for the health and safety of our citizens.
Executive order #20-68 can be found here: https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EO-20-68-Face-Coverings-protocol-Executed-1.pdf
Questions or concerns, reach out to Kaci Brady – firstname.lastname@example.org.
**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
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?
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/
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.
Help us slow the spread by participating in social distancing.
Call Ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not go to your healthcare provider or to the emergency room. Call first!
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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.
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