Harvey County makes disaster declaration related to COVID-19

By Blake Spurney, Newton Now

Harvey County Commission Chairman Randy Hague signed a disaster declaration Friday morning related to COVID-19.

Hague said the action was taken after Gov. Laura Kelly signed an emergency declaration Thursday night in response to COVID-19. 

So the counties have to follow suit to get tied to any financial help,” Hague said. The action is set to last until March 31.

County spokesman Kyle McCaskey said the county’s declaration was done to help with resource coordination.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced today that it had identified a sixth case of coronavirus in Kansas.

On a social media post the county put out it states that it continues to hold meetings with community organizations and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

County dispatch now asks additional precautionary questions for callers that report flu-like symptoms.