PLAN TO REOPEN KANSAS & PHASE 2!!

By William

MCPHERSON – Effective May 27th, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the McPherson County Local Health Officer will be recommending that residents of McPherson County follow the guidelines listed below, some of which are set forth in Ad Astra:

  • A Plan to Reopen Kansas and other relevant national and state-level guidance.

Disease spread, hospitalization rates, death rates and the ability to contact trace will be evaluated before recommending McPherson County moves to the next phase. Please be aware if local hospitals begin to be overwhelmed with COVID-19 related patients, the Local Health Officer will implement restrictive orders to support our healthcare infrastructure.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) travel-related quarantine mandate is still in effect and is mandated by McPherson County Health Department as well.

An updated travel-related quarantine list can be found within the latest Case Update for McPherson County at www.mcphersoncountyks.us or by checking the KDHE webpage at www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov.

Questions can be submitted to McPherson County Health Department at 620-241-1753 or at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us.

That said – here is what happens under the current stage of PHASE 2 which began on May 22, 2020:

GATHERINGS:

  • Gatherings – no more than 15 individuals in a mass gathering where a 6-foot social distance cannot be maintained between the individuals.
  • Gatherings – If an event larger than the mass gathering restriction recommendation occurs, we ask that a plan to keep the event safe be submitted to the McPherson County Health via email at machd@mcphersoncountyks.us or via phone at 620-241-1753.

INDIVIDUALS:

  • Individuals – Masks are strongly encouraged in public settings.
  • Individuals – Maintain a 6-foot social distance in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Individuals – High-risk individuals like those with underlying medical conditions should continue to stay home except for essential needs.

EMPLOYERS:

  • Employers – Telework is encouraged when possible.
  • Employers – Employees exhibiting illness should be required to stay home and encouraged to seek medical care as necessary.
  • Employers – Avoid gatherings greater than 15 where social distancing protocols cannot be maintained and continue to maintain 6-feet of distance between workstations as employees are phased in.

TRAVEL:

  • Travel – Minimize or avoid travel if it isn’t for medical, family, or business-related needs.
  • Travel – KDHE travel-related quarantine mandates are still in effect for high-risk areas.

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES:

  • Educational Facilities – K-12 facilities should continue to follow the guidelines of the Continuous Learning Plan developed by the Kansas State Department of Education.
  • Educational Facilities – Higher education facilities should remain closed for in-person learning or events involving groups of more than 15 individuals.
  • Educational Facilities – Childcare facilities can continue operations pursuant to state and local regulations.

ACTIVITIES & VENUES:

The following activities and venues listed should NOT OPEN DURING PHASE 2:

  • Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 500 or more individuals.
  • Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals, and Parades where people gather outside of their vehicles.
  • Summer camps that are not part of a licensed childcare facility.
  • Swimming pools that are not backyard pools or pools used for physical therapy and first responder training.
  • Senior Centers.
  • Long-term care and healthcare facilities should follow the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The following activities and venues not mentioned above can safely reopen if they:

  • Maintain a 6-feet of distance between all individuals and groups that do not live together in the same residence.
  • Follow cleaning and public health practices while complying with any additional sector specific guidance.
  • Avoid groups larger than 15 where distance cannot be maintained (greater than 15 individuals can occupy a facility if capacity allows for individuals to maintain a social distance of 6-feet).

Guidelines for activities and venues such as contact and non-contact sports, outdoor sports courts, playgrounds, outdoor pools, splash pads, museums, farmers markets, community gardens, outdoor restrooms, senior centers, gyms, fitness centers, indoor and outdoor pools, locker rooms/showers, meeting rooms, and golf can be found on the Kansas Recreation and Park Association (KRPA) website (https://krpa.wildapricot.org/resources/Documents/2020/KRPA%20Support%20Guidelines%205.21.20.pdf ).

Recommendation given by the McPherson County Health Department will align with the KRPA guidelines.

Businesses, Activities, and venues shall follow the mandates from their licensor.

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