Emergency Public Health order in effect for Finney County through May 10

Finney County Health Department Director and Public Health Officer Colleen Drees and Medical Director Dr. Lindsay Byrnes announced Friday evening an emergency public health order for Finney County, effective from May 1 through 11:59 p.m. on May 10.

This order extends Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive stay at home order, and supercedes the governor’s Phase One plan to reopen the state.

Non-essential businesses will not open during this time.

According to a release by the FCHD, local businesses must follow the public health order.

The release specifies the following conditions in effect:

- All previous determinations made by the State of Kansas under the Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) whether a business or activity is essential remains in full force and in effect. Businesses and individuals who have previously received KEFF determinations do not need to reapply or take further action under this order.

- During the effective period of this Emergency Order, all new requests for determinations as to whether a business or activity is essential under KEFF shall be directed to Finney County.

- For the duration of this order, all large public gatherings of people in the county are prohibited unless otherwise ordered by the local Health Officer. Large public gatherings are those with more than 10 people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor.

According to the release, the week-long extension will allow local elected officials and health department officials time to reassess the situation as it relates to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Finney County.

The local health order comes as fatalities have increase to three and the total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases for Finney County has reached 503 by Friday evening.

A full text of the order, and totals of the positive cases, are available at www.finneycounty.org/coronavirus .