BY JUSTIN SABATA
With 35 current active cases of COVID-19 in the county and both USD489 and FHSU classes right around the corner, it is important for Ellis County residents to utilize the local resources provided online. Below are links to websites from local organizations that provide information and aid during the pandemic.
Ellis County Health Department COVID-19 Portal
The ECHD has moved its COVID-related announcements from social media to their website. The information includes new cases, active cases, active hospitalizations, negative cases, percent of positives, etc.
Fort Hays State University COVID-19 Response
FHSU’s official website lays out information that staff and students need for the upcoming semester. This includes frequently asked questions and continuous local updates and health alerts. Also, links are given to other official sources like FEMA, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment Coronavirus Response
This website provided by the state includes nearly everything Kansas residents need to know about the pandemic. Links to the state’s official reopening plan are given as well as travel information and current active cases in Kansas. Online toolkits are included for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses.
Ellis County Community Resource Directory
As described on their website, this is a “resource for those in need of assistance in Ellis County and surrounding areas.” Included in the 19 different sources provided are financial resources and mental health services.
USD 489 Reopening Plan and Parent Off-Site Learning FAQs
The Hays school district recently announced its plans for classes this semester. The official plan, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, is available on the USD 489 website.
Ellis County Commissioners Meeting – Aug. 3rd
The Ellis County Commission will be holding their almost-weekly meeting this Monday, August 3rd, in the Commission Room at the Administrative Center on Main Street in Hays. Scheduled on the agenda is a local COVID-19 update from Ellis County Health Director Jason Kennedy, as well as a discussion on mass gatherings in county facilities.