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.

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On March 7th, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed its first presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Kansas. Since that time, the virus unfortunately has continued to spread.

This is an evolving situation and information is changing rapidly. For the latest updates, please review:

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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 is key to overcoming our public health emergency. We all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.


Guidance on Prevention and Reopening Safely

Governor Kelly's statewide Stay at Home directive has ended. We’re now progressing through the state's reopening guidelines, and Governor Kelly is allowing counties to tailor how they reopen to their own local needs. 

Here's what you need to know:

Kansans should stay at home when they can and avoid contact with others when possible. But please wear a mask and practice social distancing if you have to go out. You should also wash your hands frequently, and for at least twenty seconds.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Practice social distancing. That means -
    • Always stay six feet away from other people.
    • Do NOT gather with other people in groups.
    • Do NOT shake other people’s hands.
  • Wear a mask (cloth face covering).
  • Do not touch your face.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
    • This is especially crucial before eating, or after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Here is more information from the CDC:

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (and then wash your hands for at least twenty seconds).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

People who are at high risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 should remain at home at all times, EXCEPT to receive needed medical care.

  • If you’re sick or think you might be sick, stay home.
  • If you believe you may have COVID-19, first call your doctor or health care provider. Share any symptoms you may have. You can also call 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) to ask questions.
    • Do not rush to emergency rooms or urgent care first to seek COVID-19 testing. That could overwhelm our health care system and prevent the seriously ill from getting treatment.
    • In accordance with these guidelines, people who are sick should only leave their homes to receive medical care.

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  • Practice social distancing. That means -
    • Always stay at least six feet away from other people.
    • Kansans should stay at home when they can, and avoid contact with others when possible.
    • Do NOT gather with other people in groups.
    • Do NOT shake other people’s hands.
  • Wear a mask (cloth face covering)
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds.
    • This is especially crucial before eating, or after going to the bathroom, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Here is more information from the CDC:

  • Cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (and then wash your hands for at least twenty seconds).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.




  • Gather together in large groups.
  • Touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Get in close contact with people who are sick.
  • ​Flush disinfecting wipes or other non-flushable items. These should be disposed of in the trash instead.
    • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says this is critical for ensuring plumbing, sewer systems, and septic systems continue to work correctly during this public health emergency.
    • You can learn more on the EPA’s website.

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Information on masks (cloth face coverings)

In addition to practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing a mask (or a cloth face covering) is very important for helping to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Cloth face coverings are important because they help better protect everyone. According to the CDC, many people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, but they still can spread COVID-19 to others without even realizing it.
  • COVID-19 often spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets that people naturally produce when sneezing or even talking. A cloth face covering can help limit the spread of these droplets. Face coverings are likely to be more effective when the public widely uses them.
  • Governor Kelly issued an Executive Order requiring most Kansans to wear masks in public spaces, effective Friday, July 3rd.

According to the CDC, here are some things you should keep in mind when applying and wearing a cloth face covering:


Here is more information on how to make your own mask or face covering:

  • A cloth face covering can be simple. The CDC says, "Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used..." A covering should include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Watch this video from the CDC on how you can easily make your own face covering with a shirt and rubber bands:


Here are some other things you should know:

  • Everyone should also still practice social distancing whenever possible, wash hands frequently and for at least twenty seconds, and routinely disinfect surfaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • However, please do not use a facemask intended for medical professionals (N95 respirators and surgical masks).
    • N95 respirators and surgical masks (face masks) are still in short supply. Right now, our medical professionals need as many of these masks as possible to protect themselves as they work around the clock to keep everyone else healthy. 
  • Please note that you could accidentally touch your face by applying a face covering and expose yourself to COVID-19. Therefore:
    • Anyone who wears a covering of any kind should always wash their hands for at least twenty seconds before applying it.
    • You should also wash your hands for at least twenty seconds before adjusting one.

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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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Guidelines for older Americans and people with chronic health conditions:

Older Americans and those who have chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk of getting more severely ill from COVID-19.

Anyone who meets those criteria should:

  • Stay home as much as possible to reduce further your risk of being exposed.
  • If you do go out in public make sure to wear a cloth face covering, practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others, and wash your hands often and for at least twenty seconds.
  • To avoid contact with others, consider other options such as a home delivery service or getting help from friends or family members.
  • Here is more information from the CDC:

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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. 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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KDHE home quarantine guidelines:

If you have recently traveled to another region or country where the coronavirus is prevalent, or have attended a mass gathering out of state where people did not socially distance and wear masks, you will need to quarantine for fourteen days after arriving in Kansas.

Here's where you can learn more:

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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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I'm pushing to expand widespread testing as rapidly as possible so we can save lives and reopen our economy safely. 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.​

Testing opportunities in Johnson County: Johnson County residents who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms can schedule a free COVID-19 test at the Department of Health and Environment's Olathe location. Residents should seek testing from their primary health care provider first before making an appointment.

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

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Flu shots

The CDC says that getting a flu vaccine is even more important this year. As we head more into the fall and winter months, it’s possible that both flu and coronavirus cases could continue to climb. That could mean more strain on doctors and other frontline health care workers at a critical time.

  • According to the CDC, the best way to not get the flu is to get vaccinated. Everyone who is 6 months old or older should get their flu vaccine. 
  • Getting the flu shot now can help alleviate pressure on health care system and help save lives. The flu by itself as well can be dangerous, causing mild to severe infections in thousands of Americans every year.
  • Thankfully, you now may be able to get your low-cost flu shot by calling your health provider. However, both Johnson and Wyandotte Counties are also providing free or low cost flu shots, which you can learn more about below.

Johnson County:

  • Johnson County’s Department of Health and the Environment is operating a walk-up clinic in Olathe.
  • Most health insurance plans, Medicare Part B, and Medicaid cover the cost of the flu vaccine. But if you don't have insurance, it only costs $30.
  • Here's whaty ou need to know:

Wyandotte County



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 bipartisan legislation 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.

Donate PPE: If you have PPE that may help in the fight against COVID-19, please reach out to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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:

CDC travel recommendations:

  • Avoid all cruise ship travel worldwide.

  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should especially avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease.

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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)

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