Bourbon County issues stay-at-home order

County public health officers add SEK counties to list of those ordered to take more restrictive action.

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March 27, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Bourbon County became the latest in Kansas to direct residents to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order was announced Thursday by Public Health Officer Rebecca Johnson.

In Bourbon County, three cases of the coronavirus have been determined positive. 

In Neosho County, where one case has tested positive, several restrictions also have been imposed. 

There have been no known cases in Iola or Allen County.

THE ORDER in Bourbon County directs residents to stay at home unless:

— They are seeking medical service or supplies, or visiting a healthcare professional;

— Trips for necessary supplies and services, such as groceries or fuel.

— Going to and from work.

— Caring for others.

— Outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking. Individuals may go to public parks and other open outdoor recreation areas. However, playgrounds may increase the spread of COVID-19 and will remain closed.

BUSINESSES are required to maintain 6-foot social distancing for both employees and members of the public. Businesses also must have hand sanitizer and other sanitizing products available, and if possible, implementing separate hours for elderly and vulnerable customers.

AMONG the prohibited activities are any public and private gatherings, including weddings, wakes and funerals.

Businesses ordered to close in both counties include barber and beauty shops, fitness centers and gyms and libraries.

The stay-at-home order is effective through April 26 in Bourbon County. 

In Neosho County, the businesses shall remain shuttered until further notice by the Neosho County Board of Health and the Neosho County public health officer.

More than half the state’s population is under such orders, including counties surrounding Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita.

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