Mitchell County Health Departmental COVID-19 Update


Dear Mitchell County Residents,

This evening Governor Kelly announced a plan to reopen Kansas through a series of phases, with each phase lasting a minimum of 14 days long. As Governor Kelly detailed, this plan provides a regulatory baseline for Kansas local governments, further allowing the local governments to possess the ability to execute additional restrictions. Please know that the Mitchell County Health Department, Mitchell County Health Officer, and Mitchell County Board of Health will be working together with community leaders and health partners to ensure the plan released for Mitchell County meets the distinct needs of our community.

Mitchell County’s plan to reopen is scheduled to be available Friday afternoon, with greater details as to what to expect during Phase 1. Until that is available, a few key highlights of Governor Kelly’s Reopen Plan includes:

  • Mass gatherings of no more than 10 individuals is allowed
  • Masks are strongly encouraged in public settings
  • Maintain 6 foot social distance
  • Telework is strongly encouraged when possible
  • Any employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home
  • Minimize or avoid nonessential travel
  • Follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines for travel to high-risk areas

As a reminder, Mitchell County does have additional orders in place at this time and will remain in place until further notice. These currently include additional mass gathering orders and travel restrictions. Please visit the Mitchell County website or the Mitchell County Health Department Facebook page to view the orders.

For further details on what businesses are allowed to open and what businesses are required to remain closed, please review Governor Kelly’s Plan to Reopen Kansas that is available on Furthermore, we will be providing additional education pieces on our website and Facebook page in the upcoming days.

Websites to access further information:


Cortney Murrow, Administrator

Mitchell County Health Department

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
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.

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