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Over the holiday weekend, Franklin County received a new positive test result bringing our total to 33. There were also 24 negative test results and 38 pending test results reported. 

05.26.20 - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office announces the first positive case at the Franklin County Jail. Full release here.

Franklin County Offices Re-Open to the Public

05.20.20 - Franklin County Moves to Phase Two, Friday, May 22, 2020. Full release here.

05.14.20 - Franklin County announces six new positive cases of COVID-19 since Tuesday, May 11. One of the cases is an employee of a local fast food establishment. Full press release is pictured or can be read


As Franklin County is in Phase One of reopening, please do not dismiss the importance of wearing a mask in public, social distancing, thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting and washing your hands with soap and water. 

Governor Kelly Issues Executive Order 20-31, implementing Phase 1.5 of "Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS."
State Plan : FAQ

State of Kansas Update - 05.25.20

Information provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment:

  • 9,218 Positive Cases
  • 188 Deaths
  • 88 Counties affected
  • There have been 800 of 6,084 cases hospitalized
  • The median age is 41
  • 3,931 cases are female, 5,100 cases are male, and 187 cases are unknown

Attention: Safe Sitter Class - May 22, 2020 - AdventHealth Ottawa
has been Cancelled

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 04.06.20

Frequently Asked Questions - 04.03.20

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/


Information for Religious Services - 04.03.20

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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

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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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