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Riley County Implements New Restrictions Due To Increase In Coronavirus Cases

(RILEY COUNTY, KS – June 23, 2020) Due to the recent increase in positive cases, more hospitalizations, and heightened evidence of community spread, Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs has issued Health Order No. 13. This order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 24 and will remain in effect for 14 days, or until amended, superseded, or rescinded.

“The data for our community indicates the need for more restrictions,” said Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs. “We will take steps to protect public safety and prevent the healthcare system from being overwhelmed. If these measures are not successful, additional restrictions may be necessary.”

The mass gathering size will be reduced to 50 people and large venues will continue to be closed.

Businesses and other locations that are open shall comply with the following additional restrictions: 

  1. Restaurants and bars shall only operate at a max occupancy of 75% of their posted limits (including employees).
  2. All restaurants and bars shall screen each employee prior to each shift.  This screening shall include asking about symptoms, travel, contact, and checking temperatures. These records shall be available upon request. The form is provided as Appendix A to Order No. 13. All other businesses are strongly encouraged to screen employees.
  3. Any businesses or other locations found in non-compliance with this order, or a source of significant disease outbreak, or as determined and notified by the Local Public Health Officer shall close.
  4. All businesses and locations are required to take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Recommended Business Practices as published by the Centers for Disease Control and industry-specific guidance by trade groups. Nothing in this order shall be interpreted to require that any business or location open if they choose not to.

Read the order at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19060/Local-Health-Order-No-13

Social distancing practices should also continue:

  • Maintain at least 6-ft of distance.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible (or using hand sanitizer).
  • Cover nose and mouth with a cloth mask in public situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain (such as in stores).
  • Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not into the hands).
  • People in high-risk categories are advised to continue taking extra precautions and to limit their contact with the public.

For more information about Riley County’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, visit the Riley County website at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/covid19, follow RCHD on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Rileycountyhealthdepartment/ and Twitter @RileyCoHealth.

Download the screening form 

https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19061/COVID-19–Screening-tool

Download PDF version of graphic below

https://www.rileycountyks.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19062/COVID-Businesses-Reopening-Customer-small-file 

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
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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