Public health official urges precautions as governor turns restrictions over to local officials

Friday, May 29, 2020

As Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas framework changes to a recommended guidance document May 27, 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 May 27, as it took residents 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., a news release said.

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 are not available and avoid touching the face (especially eyes, nose and mouth.)

People who have symptoms should remember:

• 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.

• People who are experiencing life threatening symptoms should call 911.

For more information, call the SEK Multi-County Health Department, Bourbon County, (620) 223-4464 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

People may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at: or Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook for local updates.