Marshall County Offices Open, But Could Close if COVID-19 Detected Locally.

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Marshall County, Kansas (March 16, 2020) – During the ongoing period of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Marshall County recommends conducting only necessary county business at this time.

Based upon recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the County is implementing community-based interventions such as social distancing of 4-6 feet to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

County offices in Marysville and the Marshall County Landfill will remain open to the public for the time being but this may be re-evaluated if any positive COVID-19 cases are reported in Marshall County.

Nevertheless, the County encourages people to avoid in-person contact if at all possible in order to comply with health providers’ recommendations for social distancing of 4-6 feet at this critical stage of outbreak.

Call County business offices during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to determine if your business can be conducted over the phone.

Current closings in the community are as follows:

  • All Marshall County Schools – closed
  • Marysville Public Library – closed
  • Blue Rapids Public Library – closed
  • All Marshall County Nursing Homes/Long Term Care – Closed to visitors
  • Community Memorial Hospital – limiting visitors
  • Helvering Center – Agency on Aging – Dining Hall is closed for the next 2 weeks. Box meals are available for pick up at the front door with a reservation made the day before. Transportation is going on as usual and they will still be assisting with income tax preparation but are limiting the people allowed in the hallways.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (at the Helvering Center) – cancelled for the next 2 weeks.
  • Landoll Corporation – Limiting visitors

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) webpage at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus .

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.