Mitchell County Health Department Update – 3/17/20

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Dear Residents of Mitchell County,

On March 16th, 2020 a press conference was held by Governor Kelly, at which time the Governor announced an executive order requiring Kansas to follow new guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to postpone or cancel any gatherings more than 50 people for at least eight weeks. As Governor Kelly stated, this is an essential step to decrease exposure and assist with preventing the spread of infection.

By Order of the Mitchell County Board of Health and Mitchell County Health Officer, mass gatherings or events will be restricted to no more than 50 people in attendance. Any mass gatherings or events larger than 50 people will be prohibited. This order will remain in effect until vacated by the Mitchell County Board of Health or the Mitchell County Health Officer.

Additionally, please call ahead prior to the arrival at any county entity, including, but not limited to, offices within the Mitchell County Courthouse, Sheriff’s office, EMS building, dispatch building, the Mitchell County Health Department, Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, and so on. All Mitchell County employees are dedicated to flattening the curve and preventing the spread of COVID-19 by decreasing exposure as much as possible.

We encourage all residents of Mitchell County to proceed through this period of change with kindness and understanding towards fellow community members and everyone diligently working towards protecting the citizens of Mitchell County. Please continue to watch the Mitchell County Health Department’s Facebook page for further updates.


Cortney Murrow, RN/BSN, Administrator
Mitchell County Health Department
North Central Kansas Home Health Agency

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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.