Mitchell County Declares Public Health Emergency For COVID-19

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Mitchell County currently has no cases of COVID 19 but has decided to declare a COVID 19 Public Health Emergency Resolution. The emergency declaration gives Mitchell County the flexibility to manage operations in a rapidly changing environment and will make federal and state assistance available.

The county’s local emergency operations plan has also been activated, allowing for collaboration between public safety organizations, local health officials and other community stakeholders.

Public gatherings larger than 50 are prohibited under CDC guidelines and the executive order by Governor Kelly on 3-16-2020.

We are reminding the public that residents are still at low risk for infection with the new coronavirus disease. Because of the preventative measures we are taking we hope to keep this risk as low as possible

It is really important for us as a community to focus on prevention and reducing the threat of COVID-19 in our community. Regardless of age, everyone needs to practice good habits. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

For more log onto the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Below is a list of ways you can help prevent illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water – use hand sanitizer if soap
    isn’t available
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs
  • Stay home when you are sick

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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.