First Case Of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Identified In A Norton County Resident

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Norton, Kansas – Norton County Health Department is announcing the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a Norton County resident.

The case involves a Norton County resident who was exposed to coronavirus outside of Norton County and was tested in a different county. The resident has not returned back to Norton County at this time. There is no known exposure of coronavirus in Norton County at this time. Norton County Health Department is working to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. We will be monitoring these contacts for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information about the patient will be released.

The Norton County Health Officer and Norton County Health Department are still recommending the following to prevent the spread of Covid-19:

  • Avoid non-essential trips and stay home except for essential travel
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds
  • If you do need to go out in public, ensure you maintain a distance of six feet from other people.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider first to determine if testing is needed. If symptoms are mild, do not go to the emergency room, as this resource needs to remain available for those with the most critical needs.

Norton County residents can stay informed by visiting or

For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866- 534 -3463(1-866-KDHEINF) or email You may also contact the Norton County Health Department at 785-877-5745 or email

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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.