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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Douglas County health order to close bars, to remain in Phase 3

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LAWRENCE – After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Douglas County’s local health officer will issue a new order to close bars and nightclubs in the county beginning Friday, July 3, for the next two weeks. The county will also ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Douglas County health order requires masks in indoor public spaces beginning July 1

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LAWRENCE – People will be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces and in situations where six feet of separation is not possible — including businesses, workplaces and public facilities such as community centers or ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Statement on Racism and Pursuing Health Equity

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Black Lives Matter.

Like many across the country, we are saddened and angered by the recent and horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Their deaths further expose the persistence of racism and racial violence in American society...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Douglas County Reopening Task Force to align with Governor’s phased plan

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LAWRENCE – A task force under Douglas County’s Unified Command has decided to align with Gov. Laura Kelly’s phased reopening plans.

“Based on our current number of COVID-19 cases and the health metrics we ar...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Health Department receives national award for breastfeeding support to WIC families

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Lawrence – The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is one of only 16 agencies across the country to receive the Gold Premiere Award of Excellence for its breastfeeding support to WIC families.

Leaders with the U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

SCRIPT program to help pregnant mothers quit smoking


Lawrence, Kansas – Smoking during pregnancy can cause several complications for the health of both the mother and child. However, a new evidence-based program will help Douglas County expectant mothers quit smoking and offer healthier futures for them and...

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

Partnership to provide free health app to Douglas County residents

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LAWRENCE — Douglas County, in partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will provide for free the MyStrength app to Douglas County residents.

MyStrength offers individuals supp...

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