Spring is here, schools are closed and more people are at home due to the CVOID-19 response. Getting outside to get exercise is perfect but be safe doing it.
· Walk on sidewalks whenever possible
· If you are walking on the road, walk facing traffic as far from the traffic as you can get.
· Cross streets at crosswalks of intersections.
· Assume drivers cannot see you
· Wear bright reflective clothing



Rawlins County Recommendations

For Immediate Release
Monday March 16, 2020
Rawlins County COVID-19 Mitigation Recommendations

Current Situation
Rapidly Changing - Rawlins County does not currently have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a person under investigation (PUI). We do have persons that are ill and have agreed to home/self-isolation or quarantine. There is statewide spread and cases are expected to increase. The Good Samaritan Center is only allowing essential personnel and all must be screened before entering. Rawlins County Health Center is screening all visitors and patients prior to entering. City Hall of Atwood is closed to all the public. USD #105 is closed until after spring break, March 30th. Rawlins County Courthouse and related departments are limiting access.

Social Gathering:
It is recommended all public and private social gatherings of any size be canceled or postponed until this virus has been slowed down. Social Distancing is the key to help slow the spread of this virus. This does not mean you have to stay home. If you need something at the store, go and practice social distancing (6 feet for 10 minutes).

Travel Recommendations:
Please do not travel if it is not absolutely necessary. Social distancing will be the key to help slow the spread of this virus. (6 feet for 10 min). There are “hot spots” all over the US at this time and spreading quickly. Widespread communities currently identified as affected: California, New York and Washington State; Counties in Colorado: Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison. People who have traveled internationally on or after March 14. Please self-report to the local health department.
COVID-19 symptoms are, fever, shortness of breath, and lower respirator issues. If you feel like you have any of these symptoms DO NOT go to the ER or the Clinic. CALL FIRST. Call the medical provider for guidance. At this time, health and medical partners are following the recommendations of CDC and KDHE for testing criteria. If you need an ambulance, call 911 and report all symptoms.
Protecting our Healthcare System:
This is not a local, regional or state crisis. This is a national and world crisis. All resources are limited. We must all do what we can do to protect ourselves and our community. All hospitals are impacted. All communities are impacted. Our healthcare workers are all we have. There is not additional personnel reserve to call.
We recommend to plan for FOOD and other supplies for 14 days for you and your family. This includes pet supplies, medications and entertainment items as well. Please DO NOT hoard. Allow others to obtain needed supplies and the stores to restock.
Please trust the process.
Social isolation seems frustrating and unnecessary but it is the key to slow the spread of this virus and not overwhelming our healthcare system. You may not be affected by this but your elderly neighbor or someone with a weakened immune system could be greatly affected.
What is your role
Be a good neighbor: Check on your neighbor, especially the ones that live alone.
Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick.
Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes.
Hand Hygiene: wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and often. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-90% alcohol.
Environmental Health Actions: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and reduce the rapid spread of this virus.
Mental Health
With the uncertainty of COVID-19, the rapid changes and social distancing there is bound to be an increase in stress and depression. Please be patient and kind to people. Please reach out (not with your hands) and communicate with someone in need. Take a break from or shut off the media feeds. Enjoy your hobby or start a hobby. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline # 1-800-273-8255
Or 1-800 -273 -(TALK)
More Information
Please call the health department for guidance our phone is being manned 24 hours a day and we are here to answer questions – Office 785-626-3968 after hours # 785-626-6697. Please do not call the Kansas EpiHotline. This line needs to be reserved for the medical providers. By calling EpiHotline it is creating a 2-3-hour delay in critical patient care.
KDHE COVID 19 website: http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/ Check this site frequently. It rapidly changes.
Your Local Health Department is monitoring the situation and working closely with our Health and Emergency Preparedness partners at the local, regional, state, and federal levels to keep you informed. 3.16.2020.12:00pm