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ATTENTION GEARY COUNTY:

THE TESTING SITE IS CLOSED TODAY (JAN 25TH) DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.  

FREE TESTING IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME BY SCHEDULING APPOINTMENT AT TOURHEALTH.COM  tourhealth

Testing is located at 375 Grant Avenue, Junction City KS 66441.


As of  January 22, 2021, Geary County Health Dept. report (1385) confirmed COVID-19 cases in Geary County. 

 A complete available breakdown is available on Geary County Health Department page.  click here

                                                                                                                                                                                                             If you have symptoms, call GCH Screening Hotline at 785-210-4214 or 210-4825

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NOTE:The online case counts produced by KDHE are cases that reside in Geary County. The Geary County Health Department is reporting on the number of cases that reside in Geary County where they are the responsible public health authority for investigating those cases. Some cases may reside in Geary County, but are outside of Geary County Health Department's investigational authority.  



PRESS RELEASE

 

January 22, 2021Press release

 

The Geary County Health Department has begun receiving limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine. We have a planning team made up of representatives from Emergency Management, Health Department, Geary Community Hospital, and Konza Prairie Community Health. The planning team met earlier today to prioritize those eligible in Phase 2 wishing to receive the vaccine. Only 300 doses have been received so far for Geary County in Phase 2.    

As we begin to move into Phase 2 of vaccine prioritization, we have begun working with local organizations categorized by the state as high-contact Critical Workers.  This category includes law enforcement, firefighters, Community Corrections, USD 475 employees, as well as reaching out to people over 65 who have called to be put on the list or have signed up on our website to receive the vaccine.  

We are receiving the Moderna vaccine, which comes in 10 dose vials. Once this vaccine is thawed and we begin using a vial, we must use all ten doses within six hours.  For this reason, we are scheduling people to ensure we use all the vaccines to prevent any from going to waste. We have reached out to people who meet the Phase 2 criteria so we can meet the requirements to ensure the use of all vaccines.  We have begun a back-up list of people who can respond at a moment’s notice to receive the vaccine in the event someone doesn’t show up, or we get more than ten doses out of a vial.

We know that everyone is eager to receive the vaccine, and we are working to ensure that everyone has a chance to receive the vaccine as soon as possible.  Once the county begins receiving more than a couple hundred doses a week, we will begin the next phase of opening up vaccination for larger groups in a location that can accommodate several hundred people at a time. Planning continues for potential mass vaccination locations, should we receive the amount of vaccine that is needed for Geary County.

We encourage those wishing to receive the vaccine to be patient with us and to sign up locally. This can be done on the Geary County Health Department Facebook page or the Geary County website www.gearycounty.org under the COVID 19 page.  

 

Garry Berges

Director

event planningPer current Geary County Health Order (this is available here), if you have an upcoming event, please make sure you fill out the following form.  It is available here at the Geary County Health Dept link found below.  
All communications will go through the health department.  
 
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COVID-19 VaccineGeary County has received a limited number of COVID vaccine.  This has been supplied to the Geary Community Hospital, Geary County Health Department, and Konza Prairie Community Health Center.  Vaccine will be distributed according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Department of Health and Environment phased roll out plan.  If you qualify as someone in Phase 1A, the KDHE right now expects vaccinations for that priority group will take the winter months to complete, based on vaccine availability. Phase 1A of the vaccination plan is to vaccinate health care workers, EMS, long-term care facility staff and residents, which is through the CDC's Pharmacy Partnership Program.
The state estimates Phase 1B vaccinations — which includes other essential workers like teachers, school staff and childcare workers and individuals at high risk for adverse health effects of COVID-19 — could begin in late winter depending on availability at the time. Increased availability for the general public is expected in the spring and early summer. 
Geary County so far has received vaccine through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment protocol, which designates who is able to receive the vaccine in each shipment.
Next Steps: With the FDA granting emergency use authorization to the Moderna vaccine, the state in mid-December delivered that vaccine to the designated healthcare organizations this week. State protocol for those allotments includes administering vaccine to public health, emergency medical services and other health care associated workers. The Health Department reached out to emergency services as well as other local healthcare providers such as dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, etc to provide immunization to these essential healthcare providers in compliance with the state plan. All vaccine is being used and a second shipment is expected in order to provide the second immunization later.
The next receipt of vaccine is predicted before the 2nd booster is due.  We understand that the community is ready to begin receiving vaccines, but it may be a little while before it becomes available.  We will update community members as new information comes in through this process. 
What phase of distribution does my employment qualify me for?
o    Phase 1A – Health Care Personnel, Long-term Care staff and residents, EMS and frontline public health workers
o    Phase 1B – First responders, Public-facing workers in essential and critical infrastructure, teachers, school staff and childcare workers, individuals at high risk for adverse health consequences and people 75 and older.
o    Following phases – General public

Right now, with the vaccination doses we have received in Geary County, the state has designated them for those in Phase 1A. We anticipate as more shipments of vaccine is received; we will begin to expand into the next phases of the vaccination plan.  If you have questions, feel free to contact the Health Department at 785-762-5788.
For more information on KDHE State Guidelines, please visit, https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/284/COVID-19-Vaccine

Sign up to apply for the COVID-19 vaccination-HERE!

Geary County COVID-19 Vaccination Roster Request

If you would like to be placed on the COVID-19 vaccination contact list, please fill out this survey. We will contact you when Kansas enters the phase of vaccine distribution in which you qualify. Geary County residents only at this time.
*This survey is HIPAA compliant

Please contact the Health Dept with any questions at 785-762-5788.

Current Geary County Resolution 12-28-2020A effective December 31, 2020 as of 12:00 am

Geary County Health Order 12-28-20A

Geary County Resolution 12-28-20A

Geary County Resolution 10-13-2020 effective October 18, 2020--

Geary County Resolution 10-13-2020 implementing health order signed copy 2020-10-13-165356



Updated Symptom chart for adults and children from KDHE

COVID Adult

COVID Child


Current Geary County Resolution 9-1-2020 extended for 30 days as of September 18, 2020

Resolution 9-21-2020 Extending Health Order 20200902 2020-09-21-160832 (refer to documents  below) Expires October 18, 2020


Geary County Health Department Press release September 8, 2020

Health Department Press Release 09/08/20




Geary County Resolution 9-1-2020 effective 12:02 am on September 4, 2020.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ RESOLUTION 9-1-2020 to read the full document


Geary County Public Health Order #20200902 effective 12:01 am on September 2, 2020.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ORDER 202000902 to read the full document


Geary County Public Health Order #20200819 effective 12:01 am on August 19, 2020.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ORDER 202000819 for further information

There have been some pretty significant updates to the Health Department's Orders regarding COVID-19 that we would like you all to be aware of.  Please read thoroughly.



Press Release 08-14-2020

08142020 Press Release

Geary County Public Health Order #20200805 effective 12:01 am on August 5, 2020.

Each person over two (2) years old, when in Geary County, must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when attending any special indoor events or mass gatherings over 50 people.

Mass gatherings of more than 50 individuals that can not properly social distance are prohibited. 

All restaurants and bars shall screen each employee before each shift. This shall include asking about symptoms, travel, contact, and checking temperatures.

Special events of more than 100 must submit paperwork to the Health Department 7 days prior to the event along with a Mitigation Plan to ensure social distancing.

This Order will be in effect for 14 days.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ORDER 20200805 for further information

Geary County Public Health Order #20200702 effective 12:01 am on July 3, 2020.

Businesses and other locations shall exercise social distancing.

Mass gatherings of more than 50 individuals that can not properly social distance are prohibited. 

Special events of more than 100 must submit paperwork to the Health Department 7 days prior to the event along with a Mitigation Plan to ensure social distancing.

This Order will be in effect for 14 days.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ORDER 20200702 for further information

Geary County Public Health Order #20200623 effective 12:01 am on June 24, 2020.

Businesses and other locations shall exercise social distancing.

Mass gatherings of more than 50 individuals that can not properly social distance are prohibited. 

Special events of more than 100 must submit paperwork to the Health Department 7 days prior to the event along with a Mitigation Plan to ensure social distancing.

This Order will be in effect for 14 days.

CLICK THIS LINK TO READ ORDER 20200623 for further information

COVID updateDrive thru testing is available.  


If you are experiencing symptoms, please call your primary healthcare provider for further information.

If you do not have a primary healthcare provider, call Konza Prairie Community Health Center at 785-238-4711 to receive more information.

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Take simple steps to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 by:

  • Washing your hands
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  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when sick

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