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Commission considers ending free dump days

Editor’s note: This story is from last week’s county commission meeting, which was bumped for coronavirus coverage.

No free dump days this year? This Board of County Commissioners considered it at last week’s meeting. Solid Waste director Duane Bruna told the commissioners last week that if the county dump were his private business, he would have “quit free days a long time ago.” He said people hoard household trash in trailers all year and then dump it during free days. Some people make two or three trips to dump all of the trash or bring sileage trucks filled with comingled junk and some sileage in the bottom that gets dumped for the county employees to sort through. He said some cities have said they don’t like free days and would be fine with the county discontinuing it. Free days cost the county up to $8,000 a year in free dumping, Bruna said.

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Schools to re-start (at home) Monday

Schools to re-start (at home) Monday

Mary Fuhrken organized bags of students’ supplies and belongings on Tuesday to be delivered to them along their bus route along with lunches that have been served daily to students. The delivered lunch program started in earnest last week and as of Tuesday, USD 108 superintendent Denise O’Dea said 285 kids were served, which is 78 percent of their student population. An online version of classwork will begin Monday.

Local teachers are in the midst of forming plans along with school administration to offer a meaningful educational experience to local students with the intent to start on Monday. But the resulting style of schooling will be very different than the traditional in-school method since Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the year.

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‘Weekend Bulletin’ offers Friday news

‘Weekend Bulletin’ offers Friday news

Don’t miss the new digital “Weekend Bulletin” which is being released weekly on Fridays. This new Washington County News product gives an overview of the local breaking news related to the coronavirus pandemic.

As fast as things are changing, publishing just one news product a week is not enough to keep readers up-to-date on what is happening around them.

The Weekend Bulletin has been published the last two Fridays. Last week’s original, exclusive content included:

• Closure of county buildings

• County ban on gatherings of 10+

• Plans for re-start of school

To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition http://etypeservices.com/Washington%20County%20NewsID441/

Thu
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Don’t flush toilet paper alternatives

As people hoard paper towels and wet wipes and share alternatives to toilet paper in the event of a shortage, the City of Washington reminds citizens that the alternatives for toilet paper should not be flushed down the toilet; they should be put in the trash. Flushable wipes, baby wipes, paper towels, both child and adult diapers and feminine products are a few of the items that should not be flushed into the sewer systems, the City of Washington’s Caroline Scoville said.

She said the city is not having new issues at this time, but city personnel want to educate the community now that “social media is going crazy” with alternatives for toilet paper.

Scoville said only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed down the toilet; flushable wipes and other such products that may be labeled as safe to flush are actually not, she said.

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Coronavirus UPDATE

Coronavirus UPDATE

Washington County Health Department Administrator Tiffany Hayman said there was no real change in the local situation with coronavirus as compared to last week.

There are no official cases of COVID-19 in Washington County yet, and last week, there were a few individuals in the county who had either chosen to self-quarantine or were advised by a medical physician to quarantine at home for 14 days.

The county’s effort to order a ban on gatherings of more than 10 in the county last Friday is now a statewide order (see related story on page 4).

Hayman said she didn’t see any additional orders like a stay-at-home order coming anytime soon, though she said it might come to that eventually.

“We put everything in place, precaution-wise, that is necessary right now,” said Hayman.

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Courthouse locked, those entering will be screened

Anyone wanting to go inside the Washington County Courthouse now must first go to the Health Department and have their temperature taken. The courthouse doors are locked because of COVID-19 pre cautions, and people must call to gain access after going to the Health Department. County employees, too, have to check in at the Health Department and have their temperature taken before going to work each day, and any employee with an elevated temperature will have to go home on paid leave.

County employees who are working rotating shifts for the time being will also receive full pay on days they are asked not to work. Employees who want to stay home out of an abundance of caution to avoid the illness will have to take paid time off.

Thu
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Coronavirus UPDATE

Coronavirus UPDATE

Date of most recent update listed first

Washington County Hospital

(Asof March 16) Enacted a no visitor policy for a minimum of 14 days. All staff and patients with appointments must enter through ER waiting room to be screened for temperature upon arrival. Front doors locked. Physical therapy patients may continue to enter through basement doors and will be screened. Clinic patients will need to call 785-325-2240 ahead of their arrival. If someone is to accompany a patient, limit to one person.

Cloud County Health Center (Concordia)

(As of March 17) Restricted access. Until further notice, limiting just one health family member per patient when accompanying that patient to the emergency department. There will be a requied screening of all patients and visitors.

Community Memorial Healthcare (Marysville)

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Commission hears update on COVID-19

The Board of County Commissioners discussed at Monday’s meeting the county’s response to COVID-19. The health fair, the annual county township meeting and church services were a few of the gatherings that were discussed. The health fair has been postponed until further notice, but the county’s annual township meeting was still scheduled for 10:30 a.m. this Thursday at the firehouse. County Health department director Tiffany Hayman said her office has gotten lots of phone calls from people who wonder if they should self-quarantine.

The discussion on COVID-19 began with a 20-minute executive session with the commissioners, county attorney Elizabeth Baskerville Hiltgen, emergency management director Randy Hubbard and Hayman from the Health Department.

 

 

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Washington couple living in midst of Italian quarantine

Washington couple living in midst of Italian quarantine

The quarantine in Italy means people cannot leave their homes except for specific reason, leaving roads empty.

Washington couple living in midst of Italian quarantine

Many of the local grocery store shelves are empty. Stores ran out of beef a while ago.

Brian and Leca Good are living among Italy’s devastating COVID-19 outbreak. The Washington couple, who are living in northern Italy while he is a firefighter on the military base there, were on Day 5 of a country-wide quarantine order on Monday. Leca Good said they live near Lombardi, which has been hit “the worst” by COVID-19.

Good, who has been living in Italy for nearly two years while her husband is working there, said she can only leave her home for groceries and medical services, and she is required to carry papers that say who she is, where she lives, and where she is going. She said police will stop people and look at their papers and sign them. When people are returning home, they “better have a receipt” to show as proof, she said. Her husband is essential personnel and has his own travel papers. People who violate the quarantine will be faced with fines or jail time, she said.

 

 

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Coronavirus not yet official here, but steps being taken

The spread of coronavirus across America and the resulting COVID-19 illness is likely to have made its way to Washington County.

While there were no local official positive confirmations of COVID-19 as of Monday, Washington County Emergency Management Director Randy Hubbard announced there are individuals in the county that have either chosen to self-quarantine or have been advised by a medical physician to quarantine at home for 14 days.

The county does have three tests available between the Washington County Health Department and Washington County Hospital, but they have not yet administered any, according to Washington County Health Department Director Tiffany Hayman. She said more tests would be available from the state quickly, if they were requested.

 

 

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