COVID-19

Franklin County Situation Update - 01.20.21

There have only been 26 new cases of COVID-19 reported to the Health Department since Friday, January 15th. There are currently 28 pending test results and 3 hospitalizations that have been reported. Although numbers are trending in the right direction, it’s very important to remain diligent in all efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Wear a mask in public places
  • Socially distance yourself from those you do not reside with
  • Thoroughly wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Franklin County Administers First Doses to Most Vulnerable Population - 01.16.21


Vaccine Administration - 01.11.21

Vaccine Update - 01.11.21

The pictured numbers reflect only vaccines received and administered by the Franklin County Health Department. AdventHealth Ottawa received doses of the vaccine in December and administered it to their staff. Franklin County nursing homes, assisted living and senior living facilities have contracts with CVS and Walgreens as well as the State of Kansas to vaccinate all of their employees and residents. 

The 60 doses of vaccine that Franklin County has received have been administered to the Franklin County COVID response team, including Health Department and EMS staff.

Franklin County expects to receive up to 500 doses of the of the vaccine in the next few days that will be used to for Healthcare personnel that is not affiliated with AdventHealth Ottawa. Example: Medical Doctors, Eye Doctors, Dentists, Chiropractors, Home Health Agencies, Hospice Agencies, etc.  


Executive Order #20-68 – 11.20.20

The County has received several questions pertaining to Governor Kelly's new Executive Order, E.O. #20-68, which goes into effect next Wednesday, November 25th. This Executive Order serves as the second mandatory mask order issued by the Governor's Office, the first being Executive Order #20-52. As Franklin County continues to acknowledge E.O. #20-52, the provisions of E.O. #20-68 are duplicative and do not change the County's pandemic response. Franklin County continues to strongly recommend the use of masks in all spaces for the health and safety of our citizens.

Executive order #20-68 can be found here: https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/EO-20-68-Face-Coverings-protocol-Executed-1.pdf

Questions or concerns, reach out to Kaci Brady – kbrady@franklincoks.org.

Guidance for Celebrating Holidays

Franklin County Event Guidelines

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**Attention - We apologize for the confusion** The following testing locations are approved by the Franklin County Health Department and the State of Kansas:

  • AdventHealth Ottawa
  • Ottawa Family Physicians Laboratory
  • Other area hospitals as determined on a case-by-case basis COVID-Testing Statement.png

Updated - 07.06.20

Please do your part to keep those around you safe – wear a mask, social distance, and thoroughly wash your hands multiple times throughout the day.

Franklin County Remaining in Phase III

05.29.20 - A Message from Dr. Bud Ransom, Franklin County Health Officer - Regarding Our Local Response to COVID-19. Click here.

Franklin County Offices Re-Open to the Public

"Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS."State Plan : FAQ

Looking for Employment?

Franklin County Openings

The Kansas Department of Commerce has launched a resource to connect those who are currently unemployed to much-needed jobs. Businesses across Kansas need workers for immediate hire. More information can be found here: https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-response/covid-19-jobs-and-hiring-portal/

Employers in critical industries should submit information about openings with urgent hiring needs related to COVID19 at https://www.kansascommerce.gov/covid-19-hiring-intake-form/

KDHE Mask Guidance
CDC Recommended Mask Usage - FAQ

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings like grocery stores and pharmacies, where it is hard to keep a physical distance.

Recent studies have proven that individuals with COVID-19 can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. The virus can be spread between people interacting in close proximity – such as through speaking, coughing or sneezing. For this reason, if it is not absolutely essential for you to be a in public setting, PLEASE STAY HOME.

Please keep in mind that paper masks and N95 masks should only be used by healthcare workers. These masks are in very short supply nationwide and we would ask that you not source these for personal use.

Learn more about the CDC's guidance for face coverings here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html 

 The best way to prevent COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Take the following steps to minimize your risk: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Distance yourself from others when in public, especially if you are a senior or have a medical condition that puts you in a high-risk category.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when in public.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue. Throw the used tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily -- including phones, keyboards, doorknobs, handles and light switches – with an EPA-registered disinfectant.

KDHE Travel Self-Quarantine List - Updated 05.18.20


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Can I be tested for COVID-19

Call Ahead: If you are experiencing symptoms, please do not go to your healthcare provider or to the emergency room. Call first!

AdventHealth Ottawa785-229-8200
Dr. Corder785-242-7773
Franklin County Health Department785-229-3530
Health Partnership Clinic913-401-2750
Ottawa Care Clinic785-214-4903
Ottawa Family Physicians785-242-1620


Click Here for Franklin County Updates
Click Here for KDHE Updates
Click Here for Information for Businesses

KDHE Public Hotline

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Do These Things To Protect Yourself:

  • Your best defense against the COVID-19 is practicing good hand hygiene. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be used as an alternative when soap and water is unavailable. However, it should not be used as a primary source for hand hygiene.
  • If you are elderly AND/OR have underlying health concerns, you may want consider forgoing social gatherings with large crowds.
  • There is NO magic home remedy, medication or treatment that will defend against COVID-19. Again, your best defense is good hand hygiene.
  • Stockpiling is not necessary.

Other Available Resources:

Get the latest information from the CDC and KDHE: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm


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