By Aaron Strain / Web Master

Health Department Director Nick Baldetti issued an Emergency Stay at Home Order for Reno County Friday afternoon.

The order directs residents to stay at home and leave only to perform essential activities and requires non-essential businesses to cease operation at their physical places of business.

Essential activities include: seeking medical attention, obtaining necessary supplies, conducting outdoor activities within certain standards, caring for a family member at another location, and working at essential operations.

The 16-day order goes into effect Monday. The Board of County Commissioners will decide whether to extend, repeal or otherwise amend the order by April 14.

The full order can be read online here:—Emergency-Public-Health-Order-20-02-Stay-at-Home-

As of March 28, Reno County reported 8 positive cases of COVID-19. 

One case, a woman in her 60s, contracted the virus from another confirmed positive case, making it the first case of local transmission in the county. She is now in intensive care. 

Learn the latest information by following the Reno County Emergency Management Facebook page.

Governor issues state-wide stay-at-home order

Counties across Kansas, including Sedgwick County and several in the Kansas City area, issued similar stay-at-home ordinances through the week, covering over half of Kansas’ population.

Thursday, Coffey, Gove, Harvey, McPherson and Ottawa Counties reported their first cases, bringing the state’s total to 202 positive cases and 4 deaths.

On March 28, Governor Laura Kelly announced she would be issuing a state-wide stay-at-home order, superseding all individual county orders.

Watch her full press briefing here:

The full text of the order can be read here:

Earlier in the week, Kelly signed executive orders limiting gatherings to less than 10 people, prohibiting certain foreclosures and evictions, extending deadlines for tax filing and license renewals, and outlining local response protocols.

As of March 29, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 319 cases and 6 deaths due to Coronavirus. Over 120,000 cases and 2,100 deaths have been reported by the CDC. The U.S. case count is currently the largest of any country in the world.

Further information

More information about the coronavirus, including symptoms and how to proceed if you are feeling ill, can be found on the Kansas Department of Health and Environment website at The website and public releases are updated daily by 5 p.m. Alternatively, email or call the KDHE phone bank during regular business hours at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF). These lines do not provide medical evaluations.

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