Mitchell County Prohibiting Public Gatherings

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The Board of Health / Health Officer hereby issues the following prohibitions or restrictions regarding public gatherings in the County:

Prohibit all public mass gatherings until further notice.

The basis for this order is:

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that spread easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, and has been confirmed in Kansas and Mitchell County, resulting in serious illness and multiple deaths in in the state of Kansas. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Mitchell County Health Department recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of COIVD-19. The Mitchell County Health Department is prohibiting all public mass gatherings until further notice in efforts to reduce exposure and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This order will remain in effect until vacated by the Board of Health or Health Officer. Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Cortney Murrow, Mitchell County Health Department Administrator, at 785-738-5175, or in person at the Mitchell County Health Department, 310 W. 8th St Beloit, KS 67420.

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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.