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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Governor issues temporary, statewide Stay Home order beginning March 30

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As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will exist in conjun...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Message and Guidance to Businesses on Stay-at-Home Order

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UPDATE: Kansas Governor’s Executive Order identifies framework for exemptions on local Stay-at-Home Orders

If you have a question about public health orders, you can email us at phorders@ldchealth.org

In our most recent action, our Douglas County ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Public Health suspending clinic services to redirect staff, resources to COVID-19 outbreak

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LAWRENCE – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is suspending most of its current clinic services, including immunizations and its STD clinic, effective Monday, March 23, and moving others to virtual appointments to support the response to the ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Public Health supports CDC recommendation to postpone/cancel gatherings of 50-plus people

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health supports new CDC guidelines for mass gatherings that recommend organizers for the next eight weeks cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more. The guidance is a proactive measure to reduce i...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

New senior analyst sees connections in public health, environmental health data

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Aihua Zhu recalls growing up in northwestern China in the Gobi Desert and experiencing dust storms that often made it difficult to breath. 

It was her first recognition of how the environment can influence people’s health, and as a new S...

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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Marginalized Douglas County residents identify barriers to quality employment

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“Implicit bias is so powerful. Immediately you walk up, and people are already making assumptions about you.” 

 “I’m who I am, but I can’t be completely who I am because of who I work with.” 

 "Because I'm a woman of...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court OKs local Tobacco 21 policies

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The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that local governments could institute ordinances that ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21, known as Tobacco 21 legislation.

“It’s really exciting because the Supreme Court clear...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Douglas County, Health Department offering new online resource for wellness, mental health

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Douglas County and eight community agencies now offer residents a new online resource for wellness and mental health. Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength, an innovative leader in digital behavioral health care, provides digital self-care resources...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Community Forum Focuses on Vaping Among Youth

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Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become extremely popular among young people in recent years. The National Youth Tobacco Survey showed an alarming 78% increase in vaping from just 11% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2018.

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has recently received an increase in the number of calls regarding bats. Public health officials urge residents to take precaution if they encounter them because bats are the main cause of human rabies cases i...

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