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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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Hanover girls are the #4 seed at state

Even though the Hanover girls only have one loss, they’ve been slated as the #4 seed at this weekend’s Class 1A State Basketball Tournament, which begins Thursday for Hanover at United Wireless Arena, Dodge City.

Hanover (23-1) will face #5 Otis-Bison (23-2) in the first round at 8:15 p.m. Thursday. The winner of that game will face the winner of the #1 seed Central Plains (25-0) and #8 Ingalls (16-8) game.

 

 

 

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BRIDGE PROJECT DELAYED 3 MONTHS

Construction of the bridge over Mill Creek just south of Washington will not be completed until August, weather permitting, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation. That announcement came about two weeks after KDOT told the Washington County News that, while the project was behind schedule, it was still expected to be completed on time in May.

Bridges Inc., of Newton, has the bid for the project, which is a $3.5 million project.

A traffic signal has been directing traffic over the bridge since May 2019.

 

 

 

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B Street closures on the horizon

Washington’s final phase of B Street construction will begin in the coming months. A Newton company was awarded the bid for the project last week; the bid was $793,552.79. According to the contract, the company can begin work on B Street as early as the first week of April and must be finished with the project by mid-August.

The contractor said last week that they may wait to start on B Street until June, although that plan may change later because they are still bidding on other projects. The streets involved in the final phase would not be closed off to traffic until the project begins. The closures would begin east of Kier’s Thirftway and continue on north of the College Street intersection.

 

 

 

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Construction firm for Linn gym should be announced next month

The USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board will meet with four construction firms who applied to be Construction Managers at Risk (CMR) for the construction of a new gym in Linn. The board discussed the process during their regular school board meeting on Monday in Barnes.

The effort will begin with interview meetings in early April. USD 223 Superintendent John Whetzal said an architect from HTK Architects will be running the interviews and that any board members could attend, but if there were over three board members, a special meeting would have to be called.

Whetzal said the CMR would be hired at the April board meeting. Board president Jim Zarybnicky said he hoped the numbers would be right so the process could get started at that meeting.

 

 

 

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Thalmann announces House election bid

Thalmann announces House election bid

Dan Thalmann, a Republican from Palmer, has filed to run for the Kansas House of Representatives, 106th District, which includes all of Marshall, Republic and Washington Counties and the east half of Jewell County.

Thalmann, 46, is owner and publisher of the Washington County News and said he has been interested in politics for most of his adult life.

“I spent the last 20 years covering rural culture through my work at the newspaper,” said Thalmann. “As a result, I have built relationships with people of all walks of life and developed a solid understanding of the values, needs, desires and challenges of this region. Legislative policy can have a generational impact on the future of Kansas. I’m biased to the rural Kansas way of doing things and I think I can bring that mindset to Topeka to the benefit of Kansas as a whole.”

 

 

 

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Willbrant, Ordoyne to run to retain seats

The two Washington County Commissioners whose terms are up for election have announced they will run to retain their seats.

Commissioner David Willbrant, Washington, represents District 2. Commissioner Raleigh Ordoyne, Clyde, represents District 3.

Willbrant is finishing his first term as commissioner, having been elected in 2016.

 

 

 

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