COVID-19 Public Health Resources

 

We all have a role to play to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please use the menu below to navigate to public health resources to keep you and your family safe.

You can also explore our main menu page to find additional public health and economic relief resources quickly.
 

 

 

Get vaccinated

Three safe, effective, and free vaccines are now readily available for anyone who is 12 years old or older. The vaccines are highly effective for preventing severe illnesses, hospitalizations, and death – including against very contagious delta variant. Local hospitals and the CDC report that the vast majority of patients who are hospitalized for the coronavirus are unvaccinated. 

Please get vaccinated to protect yourself, your family, and your community. Here's how: 

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Why You Should Get Vaccinated:

Three safe, effective, and free vaccines are now being distributed in Kansas and throughout the country. These vaccines have undergone clinical trials and have been shown to be safe and highly effective. COVID-19 has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and the vast majority of people who are currently hospitalized are unvaccinated. We can save lives and finally put this crisis behind us as more and more people get vaccinated.

  • I received the COVID-19 vaccine along with my colleague Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver. I have full confidence in its safety and effectiveness — and it didn’t even hurt! It’s my hope we can help reassure people in all communities — including communities of color — of the safety and importance of receiving the vaccine when it’s made available to them.

    Rep. Davids receiving her vaccine with Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver
     
  • Vaccines are now widely available and are at various convenient locations near you, even your local pharmacy.
     
  • To help faclitate your vaccination, you may be eligible to:
     

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Get answers to questions

I understand some people may have questions about the vaccines. If you or someone you know has concerns, please talk to your doctor or health care professional. And if you’re already vaccinated, but there’s someone you care about who is not, feel free to share any of the information provided below. Conversations with family members, friends, and loved ones can play a key role.

Please click on any of the links below to get answers from medical experts:

Here are some other things you should know:

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Local public health resources

The state of Kansas and local governments are monitoring this situation and providing updates as events warrant. Below are resources you can use to stay updated.

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Prevention

Prevention is key to overcoming our public health emergency.
 

Do your part

We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

All Kansans should: 

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Information on masks

Masks remain an important tool for protecting ourselves and our loved ones in this pandemic.
 

Here's what you need to know:

  • The virus often spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets that people naturally produce when sneezing or even talking. A mask can help limit the spread of these droplets. Face coverings are likely to be more effective when the public widely uses them.
     
  • The CDC recommends wearing masks in indoor public places in certain circumstances. That includes:
     
    • If you're unvaccinated.
       
    • If you're fully vaccinated and live in an area with substantial or high rates of transmission of the virus.
       
    • If you're traveling on "planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation" within the United States.
       
    • Click here to learn more on the CDC's website


It's important to wear a mask properly. Here's what you need to know, according to the CDC:

  • A mask should fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face.
     
  • Please watch this video from the CDC for a demonstration.


     

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Information on disinfectants

In addition to washing your hands often and for at least twenty seconds, disinfecting surfaces may also help stop the spread of COVID-19. Though we're currently learning more and more about the virus, some studies suggest the virus can survive on surfaces for some time.

Please play this video from the CDC to learn more:

Here's how you can learn more from the CDC:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has additional resources, including an app that "allows smart phone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products" that you can use to help protect your household or business.

 

The State of Kansas has also produced online guidance to talk about disinfectant safety with a landlord or custodial service.

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Prevention and preparation at home, work, school, and more:

The CDC has released guidelines for how to prepare and take action for COVID-19 in the following locations and situations:

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More on safer workplaces

A lot more folks are teleworking these days, but I know many others work at jobs where remote work isn’t feasible. If you or someone you know has to physically report to work, I wanted to share some resources from the CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) on how both employers and employees can ensure their workplaces are safe as possible during this health crisis.
 

First, businesses should make accommodations to ensure safety. In addition to getting vaccinated, that includes (but may not be limited to):

There are also resources available to help businesses institute safety standards to ensure safer workplaces. Employees may also have resources if they believe they have to work in unsafe conditions.

  • KDOL Industrial Health and Safety Office: May be able to provide local businesses with free health and safety consultations so employers can make sure that they are operating as safely as they can. It’s a confidential process that can involve a walk-through, follow-up questions, and virtual assistance. You may also call them at (785) 296-4386.
     
  • OSHA: produced a variety of detailed recommendations, developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, which businesses in a variety of industries can refer to in order to operate more safely. That includes businesses in retail, construction, dentistry, in-home repair, and more. You can also call them at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
     
  • CDC: The CDC has detailed information on how businesses and workplaces can operate more safely.
     
  • Protections for workers: Likewise, no one should have to choose between their health and collecting a paycheck. As an employee, you also have the right to file a whistleblower complaint if you feel you are being retaliated against for expressing concerns about your health and safety in your work environment. You can get in contact with the Kansas OSHA office if you have any questions at (316) 269-6644.

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Symptoms

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19.

Symptoms that may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever.
     
  • Cough.
     
  • Shortness of breath.
     

Get medical attention immediately if you develop any of the following emergency warning signs:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
     
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest.
     
  • New confusion or inability to arouse.
     
  • Bluish lips or face.
     

This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. When you call your health care provider: 

  • Tell them about your symptoms and your exposure.
     
  • If you have COVID-19, or if you think you may have it, make sure your health care provider knows that ahead of time if you schedule an appointment. This way, they can take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed in their facility.
     
  • People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions) should contact their health care provider early, even if their illness is mild. 
     
  • You can also call the KDHE for public health questions at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF).

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Testing

Here is where you can learn more about testing in our region. You may call KDHE at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) to ask questions and get further guidance.​ You can also visit www.gogettested.com/kansas to find additional testing opportunities throughout our state.
 

Testing opportunities in Johnson County: 

Testing opportunities in Wyandotte County: There are several locations throughout Wyandotte that offer testing services.

  • The Wyandotte County Public Health Department offers free testing regardless of exposure or symptoms. No appointment is required and home testing may be available too.
     
  • Click here to learn more.

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Personal protective equipment for medical personnel

Health care workers need personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves to help save lives. I voted for the American Rescue Plan to provide more funding to secure these crucial materials. I also introduced the SUPPLIES Act to help support small businesses manufacture more of these items. But we have a lot more work to do. We have to connect our hospitals and medical personnel with these items as quickly as we can.
 

Medical professionals who need PPE: If you’re in the medical profession and need PPE, please refer to these resources.

Businesses interested in manufacturing PPE: If you’re interested in manufacturing PPE, please refer to these resources. I’ve also introduced legislation to help small businesses manufacture PPE so we can ramp up production more quickly.

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Travel Warnings

The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on global travel. According to the U.S. Department of State, anyone who must travel abroad may have to undergo a mandatory quarantine and possibly other restrictions. Furthermore, while you're abroad, a country may decide to impose other restrictions to contain the virus that could impact your travel plans.
 

For those already abroad:

  • Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): We strongly encourage you to enroll in STEP to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories.
     
  • Call the Department of State emergency line at 888-407-4747 if you or a loved one is experiencing an emergency abroad, and contact the local U.S. Embassy.
     

State Department information for travelers:

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Mental health

This is a stressful time for a lot of folks. With social distancing people may be separated from their loved ones, are concerned about a family member’s health, or even lost their job. It’s important to take care of our mental health right now and check in on friends and loved ones who might be having a difficult time.

Here are some resources that are available to you:

Here are some phone numbers you can call if you need help:

  • Johnson County mental health center 24/7 crisis line: (913) 268-0156
     
  • Wyandotte County Behavior Health Network:
     
    • General questions and answers: (913) 328-4600
       
    • 24/7 crisis line: (913) 788-4200
       
  • Disaster stress hotline: 1-800-985-5990
     
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
     
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
     
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
     
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

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How you can help

Kansans support each other in times of crisis. If you’re looking for ways to help others, here is more information:

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): FEMA has more information on how people can donate and volunteer. They provide links to vetted non-profit organizations who are providing assistance, and opportunities to donate much needed medical equipment and supplies.
     
  • The Kansas Volunteer Commission: Likewise, the state of Kansas is also connecting folks with ways people can help. That includes community service opportunities through the Kansas Volunteer Commission, such as virtual wellness checks on people who may be elderly or isolated, or opportunities to pick up and deliver groceries and needed medications.

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Latest COVID-19 public health information from the Centers and Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)