Mitchell County Health Department Update Regarding Reopening


Dear Mitchell County Residents,

Today we move to Phase 1.5 of Governor Kelly’s plan to reopen Kansas, this phase will last a minimum of 14 days long. As with Phase 1, Mitchell County has followed Governor Kelly’s plan closely during the develop of Phase 1.5 for our county. As stated previously, Governor Kelly’s plan provides a regulatory baseline for Kansas local governments, further allowing the local governments to possess the ability to execute additional restrictions. The Mitchell County Health Department, Mitchell County Health Officer, and Mitchell County Board of Health will continue to work with community leaders and health partners to ensure the Phase 1.5 plan created for Mitchell County meets the distinct needs of our community, while also working towards the goal of moving onto Phase 2.

Mitchell County’s Phase 1.5 Plan is similar to Phase 1, with various selected businesses being allowed to open. Key highlights of Mitchell County’s Phase 1.5 Plan include:

  • Mass gatherings of no more than 10 individuals are 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 and Mitchell County’s 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. The travel restriction orders were updated effective today, releasing three counties from the quarantine list. 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, additional education pieces are available on our website and Facebook page.

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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