APPROVED BY COUNTY COMMIESSIONERS/BOARD OF HEALTH

By William

MCPHERSON – Late Monday morning, Shalei Shea, Director of the McPherson County Health Department, issued a statement regarding a move made with the support of the McPherson Board of County Commissioners.

According to Shea, “The McPherson County Health Department, with the support of the Board of County Commissioners/Board of Health, is recommending McPherson County move back to Phase 2 procedures in order that they may address the increasing curve of COVID-19 in our communities.”

THE EXPLANATION OF PHASE 2:

In response to the alarming increase in new COVID-19 cases and the pressure put on local healthcare systems, the McPherson County Health Department (MCHD) and the McPherson County Board of County Commissioners/Board of Health are recommending McPherson County move back to Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan effective November 9, 2020.

Phase 2 recommendations differ slightly from the previously released Phase 2 recommendation in May of 2020.

Any Questions should be directed to the MCHD email – machd@mcpcoks.us.

PHASE 2 RECOMMENDATIONS (November 9, 2020):

MASS GATHERINGS:

  • No more than 15 individuals in a gathering where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained – this does not limit the total occupancy allowed in a facility/event if 6-foot distancing is maintained between individuals at all times.

INDIVIDUALS:

  • Masks are strongly encouraged in settings where 6-foot distancing is not maintained.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance in both indoor and outdoor settings.
  • High-risk individuals with underlying medical conditions should stay home except for essential needs.

EMPLOYERS:

  • Follow any sector specific guidance or mandates released by business licensors.
  • Telework is encouraged when possible.
  • Employees exhibiting illness should stay home and encouraged to seek medical care as needed.
  • Avoid gatherings greater than 15 individuals where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Maintain 6-foot distancing between workstations.

TRAVEL:

  • Minimize or avoid travel that is not for medical, family, or business-related needs.
  • KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) travel-related quarantine mandates are still in effect for high-risk areas.

EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES:

  • Continue to follow the KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education) Navigating Change document and district plans.
  • Move to hybrid learning if applicable based on Risk Assessments and MCHD recommendations.
  • Higher education facilities should move learning online in settings that 6-foot distancing is not maintained.
  • Events/Activities should be postponed if 6-foot distancing is not maintained.

LARGE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES:

  • Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of greater than 500 should not open – such as Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals, & Parades.
  • Should not occur if people are gathering outside of vehicles.

SWIMMING POOLS:

  • Should not open except for first responder training, physical therapy use, and athletic use.
  • When open for mentioned activities, 6-foot distancing should be maintained.

SENIOR CENTERS:

  • Closed except for essential meal services and transportation.

LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES, NURSING HOMES, ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES:

  • Discourage visitors unless facility can maintain 6-foot distancing, mask usage and symptom screening/monitoring of visitors.
  • Should continue to follow CMS, KDADS, and KDHE guidelines and requirements.

CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES:

  • Discourage visitors unless facility can maintain 6-foot distancing, mask usage and symptom screening/monitoring of all visitors.

SPORTS:

  • Groups greater than 15 should not occur when 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Spectators are required to maintain 6-foot distancing.
  • Common seating like bleachers should not be used.
  • Players should limit time spent in huddles and in close groups.
  • Practices should have time to set aside to sanitized equipment/balls.
  • Concessions should close.
  • Players and spectators should bring their own beverages and not share, among others.

MEETING ROOMS:

  • Each Room should not exceed 15 persons if 6-foot distancing cannot always be maintained.
  • Enhanced cleaning schedule before and after meetings.
  • Screen attendees before entering the meeting, require mask usage, and register participants ahead of the meeting to avoid walk-in scenarios.

GYMS & FITNESS CENTERS:

  • Group classes of greater than 15 should not occur.
  • Clean and disinfect equipment before and after any usage.
  • Space equipment apart by 6-feet or more.
  • Screen staff and patrons before entering the facility.
  • Locker rooms/showers can remain open if capacity is reduced to 50% and distancing and disinfecting practices are maintained.

CHILDCARE & DAYCARE FACILITIES:

  • Continue to follow guidelines from state licensures, the KDHE, and the MCHD.
  • Screen employees and attendees before entering.
  • Identify then cohort/group classrooms together for out-of-classroom activities to reduce exposure across the facility.

RELIGIOUS & CHURCH FACILITIES:

  • Groups should not exceed 15 persons if 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • General recommendation and support for moving services and activities to remote model.

RESTAURANTS & BARS:

  • Groups should not exceed 15 persons if 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained at all times.
  • Recommendations to move business services to carry-out and drive-thru if possible.
  • Screen employees and attendees before entering.

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