ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times
Stevens County officials have said as of Tuesday, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that county.
Stevens County Public Information Officer Susan Schulte said in a press release, commissioners in Stevens County met with multiple agencies Tuesday to discuss necessary actions to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Stevens County residents.
Taking into consideration the Centers for Disease Control and Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommendations, Schulte said the following decisions were made:
1. The Stevens County Courthouse will be closed to the public, except appointment made by phone, until 8 a.m. on April 2. Department phone numbers will be posted by Stevens County Clerk and can be found on the county Web site, stevenscoks.org, contacts page.
2. The Stevens County Wellness Center will be closed until 6 a.m. on April 2.
Other closing and cancellations:
• Schools – USD 210 and USD 209 are on Spring Break this week and the decision to remain closed hasn’t been made yet but will be made later this week. Governor Laura Kelly announced Tuesday all Kansas schools would be closed for the remainder of this school year.
• Recreation Commission – The Recreation is open at this time but recommendations to close it temporarily are being considered. Senior Centers in Moscow and Hugoton – Hugoton has closed the dining room but is continuing preparing food and delivering it to Moscow and Hugoton homebound citizens.
• Business – Currently, some restaurants are limiting their service to drive up windows or home delivery. Commissioners are asking everyone to follow the guidelines issued by the KDHE and CDC. Currently they are limiting events to less then 50 and requiring a 6 feet space between attendees. Please reschedule or cancel events with attendance of 50 or more.
Schulte added some tips for people to avoid getting coronavirus.
“Good handwashing, avoiding touching your face and avoiding public places are the best way minimize you risk,” she said. “If you think you have symptoms, recently traveled to an affected area, overseas or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19, contact the Stevens County Health Department at 620-544-7177.”