COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus)
FAQs for Reopening - Douglas County
- COVID-19 Information
- Smart & Safe: Reopening Douglas County
- Douglas County & Unified Command
- Case Situation
- Additional Links
What is COVID-19?
On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name for this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona’, ‘VI’ for ‘virus’, and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practice for naming of new human infectious diseases.
How is COVID-19 Spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
You can slow the spread by maintaining social distancing of 6 ft, by staying home except for essential activities, and limiting gatherings to less than 10 people. To protect yourself and those around you wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub frequently. Individuals should also clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include(*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.):
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
You can check your symptoms using the Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC website. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html#cdc-chat-bot-open
For More Information
- CDC - total cases nationwide
- Information from CDC on Workplace, Home and School Guidance
- Frequently Asked Questions - 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- COVID-19 Symptoms Poster - English
- COVID-19 Symptoms Poster - Spanish
- Stop the Spread of Germs Poster - English
- Stop the Spread of Germs Poster - Spanish
- EPA Approved Disinfectants for Use Against Novel Coronavirus
- If You Are Sick with COVID-19
- Family Action Plan Handout
- Reduce the Spread of COVID-19
- CDC Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children
- Guidance on Recovery at Home
- CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses
- KDHE Interim Guidance for K-12 and Pre-K programs operated by schools
- College and University Information Sheet
- KDHE Interim Guidance for Child Care Facilities
Public Events/Mass Gatherings
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events Ready for COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Community- and Faith-Based Organizations Ready for COVID-19
Health Care Providers
Smart & Safe: Reopening Douglas County
A task force under Douglas County’s Unified Command has decided to align with Gov. Laura Kelly’s reopening plan on May 18, which is Phase 1.5 of her state plan.
This means restaurants can open Monday, May 18, to in-house dining under state guidelines that include seating parties at least six feet apart from each other and enhanced cleaning and social distancing practices. Libraries in Douglas County also may open Monday, but check with your local library on its specific plans.
Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may open, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in.
Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but in-person group classes may not occur, and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use bathroom facilities.
Gov. Laura Kelly has presented her detailed framework for a phased-in approach to reopening the state, though her plan enables counties to be more restrictive if needed. You can review reopening guidance by specific industries at douglascountyks.org/coronavirus and ldchealth.org/coronavirus.
The Governor’s Phase 1.5 prohibits mass gatherings of 10 or more people, and keeps the following establishments closed:
- Bars and nightclubs, excluding those already operating curbside and carryout service
- Non-tribal casinos
- Theaters, museums and other indoor leisure spaces such as trampoline parks and arcades
Mission: Unified in protecting the health and safety of our community and providing critical services
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, LMH Health, Douglas County and the City of Lawrence have activated what is know as a Unified Command under the National Incident Management System. We are all working closely with the cities of Eudora, Baldwin City, and Lecompton in addition to schools and universities, law enforcement agencies, first res ponders, human service providers and others to protect the health and well-being of all Douglas County residents. Check out the Douglas County Response Hub.
Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health
On Monday April 27, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health reopened limited clinic services that were suspended during COVID-19 pandemic. The reopened services will be to treat patients experiencing sexually transmitted diseases and to give immunizations to pregnant mothers and children up to age 2. All visits will be available by appointment only scheduled by the clinic’s front desk staff at 785-843-0271. Appointments for immunizations are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with STD appointments for symptomatic patients available on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The WIC clinic has moved to virtual appointments via online and phone services to promote social distancing measures. Healthy Families Douglas County and Healthy Dads services have also moved to virtual services at this point.
Resources for Douglas County Residents
- Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Coronavirus Line: 785-856-4343
- LMH Health Coronavirus Line: 785-505-3463
Are you needing to file for unemployment? Individuals can file claims online or by phone at 785-575-1460. Due to extremely high call volumes the Kansas Department of Labor encourages those who need to submit an unemployment claim to go online (https://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/Home.aspx) to fill out their claim. This will be the quickest way to receive your benefits.
Did you lose your job or have your hours reduced a a result of COVID-19? Businesses across Kansas need thousands of workers for immediate hire. Learn more about hose is hiring at kansasworks.com/coronavirus.
United Way 2-1-1
United Way 2-1-1 is ready to connect you to the services you’re looking for 24/7 and at no cost:
- Call 2-1-1 to chat with a call specialist
- Text your ZIP Code to 898211 to get referrals
- Search online at Douglas.MyResourceConnection.org
For those who are feeling anxious, fearful, stressed, or depressed - You are not alone. Douglas County offers an online tool called myStrength that can help. It is available 24/7 and it’s free. Visit myStrength.com and use access code: DouglasCounty.
Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center: 785-843-9192
Douglas County’s food pantry Just Food is coordinating efforts to provide food assistance in our community. To sign up as a Just Food client:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, clients are eligible to receive a grocery box every two weeks. There are two ways to receive a box:
- Attend a curbside distribution, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon-5 p.m., 1000 E. Eleventh Street in Lawrence.
- Sign up for delivery here: http://bit.ly/JustFoodDeliveryRequest
Grocery Delivery Service
Independence Inc. Public Transportation is offering free pickup and delivery of grocery orders, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Anyone living in Douglas County is eligible for the service. For service, follow these steps:
- Call 785-843-5576 and let Independence Inc. know what day you will be placing a grocery order.
- Call to place your grocery and essential items order. Pay for order in full and let the store know that Independence Inc. will be picking up the order.
- Call 785-843-5576 again to confirm order has been placed and the day it will be ready for pick up.
Questions? Call 785-843-5576
United Way of Douglas County is accepting donations between noon and 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the southwest corner of the Community Building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street. Only items listed in the donation request list will be accepted. To find out what items are needed and to learn about safety protocols, visit: http://volunteerdouglascounty.org/donations. If you have questions about donations, you can call 2-1-1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas County Case Situation
Updated: 29 May 2020
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Epidemiology Curve (through May 28)
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Executive Orders/News Releases
- May 12, 2020: Public Health operates COVID-19 testing site in east Lawrence
- May 8, 2020: More than 150 survey respondents reported unresolved COVID-19-related symptoms in late April
- May 8, 2020: Monitoring COVID-19 tests, cases by race ethnicity in Douglas County
- May 1, 2020: FAQs for Reopening Phase 1
- May 1, 2020: Libraries, in-house dining at restaurants in Douglas County to remain closed through May 17
- April 30, 2020: Unified Command leaders examining Governor’s Re-Opening Plan
- April 28, 2020: Second wave of COVID-19 symptoms population survey opens to Douglas County residents
- April 27, 2020: Public Health operates COVID-19 testing site in east Lawrence
- April 21, 2020: Public Health reopening limited clinic services suspended during COVID-19 pandemic
- March 24, 2020: Governor issues temporary, statewide Stay Home order beginning March 30 - Executive Order No. 20-16
- March 17, 2020: First case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Douglas County
- March 17, 2020: Executive Order No. 20-07 - Closing K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19