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Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications.After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations.In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 94 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing. In 2018 he became the Studio Coordinator at the Cumulus Kansas City broadcast center for Kansas City Chiefs Football.

Clay County, KS- On Saturday, April 25, 2020, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the first known death of COVID-19 in Clay County, KS. The patient was a 70-year-old female that was known to have contracted the disease out of state. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

This marks the first death caused by the novel coronavirus in a Clay County resident. Contact investigations were conducted by Clay County Health Department Staff and one Clay County contact was identified. That person will remain in quarantine at home until April 28, 2020.

KDHE has released guidelines (http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Center.htm for quarantine and isolation of travelers who visited locations in the United States where large numbers of people have contracted the disease. Guidelines for possible contact exposure to the disease are also on that website.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Do no visit in-person prior to receiving confirmation from that healthcare provider. Please adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Avoid non-essential trips and stay home to the extent you can.
  • Follow all recommendations regarding self-quarantine
  • Avoid large gatherings (groups of more than 10)
  • If you do need to go out in public, ensure you maintain six feet distance from other people.

The Clay County Health Department has worked closely on these decisions with numerous community partners, including Clay County Government, Clay County Emergency Management, Clay County Medical Center, USD #379 School district, and other local partners.

Clay County residents can stay informed by visiting the Clay County Health Department’s Facebook Page, www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) or email COVID-19@ks.gov. You may also contact the Clay County Health Department at 785-632-3193 or email covid19@claycountykansas.org.

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