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Below is the latest information for COVID-19.

Moderna COVID-19 Facts Sheet

Press Release from the Osage County Health Department dated July 29, 2020


KDHE Amends Travel Quarantine List 


 COVID-19 - Telephone Numbers for Assistance


Executive Order No. 20-68 Establishing a face covering protocol.  


Resolution 20-07 Opting Out of Executive Order 20-68


Osage County Face Covering Protocol adopted on 11/23/2020

 Osage County Percentage of Covid-19 Cases

As of 08-12-2020 Osage County has had 45 residents test positive with Covid-19. The population is 15,949 as per the July 1st, 2019 Census.  This leaves the county with an infection rate so far of  0.28% overall.  Currently our active infected rate is 0.050%.  The following chart shows the numbers of the Counties surrounding Osage County using the same information. Information was compiled from KDHE, 2019 Census and Local Health Department Media Pages.



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Here are today's numbers. The Health Department would like to remind and encourage everyone of the continued importance of social distancing, wearing a mask when in public, frequent hand washing, and staying home if you are ill.



We are no longer reporting hospitalizations because there have been several positive individuals hospitalized for reasons other than COVID (such as a broken leg), and it makes that data irrelevant. We will continue to report deaths as they are confirmed by the Office of Vital Statistics.


UPDATED: 1-11-2021

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**This data will be published Mondays and Thursdays unless there is a holiday. In this case, data will be published the following business day. Data may be different than KDHE data due to differences in reporting. Deaths are reported once confirmed by the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics.

Osage County Health Department

    (785) 828-3117 Monday – Thursday 8:00 am thru 6:30 pm

                              (785) 219-1680 After Hours – If no answer, leave message. Text messages ok.  



                              October 19, 2020 Press Release from the Osage County Health Department 

PRESS RELEASE – The Osage County Health Department, in partnership with the Osage County Commissioners, Osage County school districts, and other county partners, have collectively agreed to apply a mask exemption to the county’s COVID-19 quarantine process. Starting immediately, persons in Osage County who are determined to be a close contact of a person who has a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 may be EXEMPTED from quarantine as long as BOTH parties (both the positive individual AND the close contact) were wearing masks at the time of the exposure.
During the past 8 months of data collection in Osage County, Health Department staff have noted that none of the individuals who have been quarantined (due to close contact with a confirmed positive case) thus far (with the exception of household contacts) have tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantines greatly affect the livelihood, mental health, and well-being of our citizens. In particular, our youth and families have been adversely affected by quarantines that have forced some schools to close, parents to stay home from work, and important social and sporting events to be cancelled. Without data that supports the need for these quarantines, it is in the best interest of our citizens to review our process.
When both parties wear a properly fitting mask that has at least 2 layers (as in school settings currently), data shows that the risk for a close contact to contract COVID-19 is minimal. Osage County is not implementing a mask mandate, but rather asking that when citizens are out in public, especially at any event in which there are many people (such as school, sports activities, riding public transit, or attending social events), that they wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is mainly aimed at schools, where students and staff already wear masks and where quarantines have already caused significant disruption to important life activities. However, this will also benefit anyone else attending any public gathering, attending work, or other social events Osage County.

This decision will not pertain to household contacts and there will be certain instances in which the Health Department may need to quarantine an individual due to especially high risk even when both parties were wearing a mask. In addition, if an individual chooses to self-quarantine after close contact with a positive COVID-19 patient (even if both parties were wearing masks), that individual may certainly do so. However, quarantine order letters will not be issued to those individuals that are not officially notified of the need to quarantine by the Osage County Health Department.                                                                                                                                                 



KDHE amends travel quarantine list

Arkansas, Alabama and South Carolina removed

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has removed three states from the quarantine list: Alabama, Arkansas and South Carolina. Additionally, KDHE has modified its international travel list from all international travel to just countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice and restrictions on entry into the United States, plus Bahrain and French Guiana. Those traveling internationally are subject to CDC re-entry guidance and protocols.

This list is effective for all persons returning to or entering Kansas on the effective dates. The state will review/update this list every two weeks. A comprehensive list of those individuals needing to quarantine for 14 days includes visitors and Kansans who have:

Traveled to:
Florida on or after June 29.
Arizona on or after June 17.
Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
International travel to Bahrain or French Guiana on or after July 14.
International travel on or after July 14 to countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice, including China, Iran, European Schengen area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil. International travelers must follow CDC guidance and protocols.

Others needing to continue quarantining:
Anyone subject to a travel-related quarantine for a state or country previously on the travel-related quarantine list must complete their 14-day quarantine period.
Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

“The removal of states from our list isn’t cause for celebration,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary. “We base our list on new case rates by population size and unfortunately, Kansas’ numbers are increasing significantly and our cases by population base have approached, even surpassed the states we had on our list. We must do better, Kansas. Practice social distancing, wear a mask, stay home if you’re sick, avoid large gatherings. Each one of us is responsible for our actions.”

States added to this list are determined by evaluating new cases in states over a two-week period, then adjusting for population size, giving a case per 100,000 population which can then be compared to the rate in Kansas. States with significantly higher rates (approximately 3 times higher) are added to the list.

Travel quarantines do not prohibit travel through Kansas. People from these locations may still travel through Kansas. If this is done, KDHE recommends limited stops, wearing a mask at rest stops or when getting gas and being 6’ from others when doing so. If the destination is Kansas, they would be required to quarantine upon arrival to their destination.

Critical infrastructure sector employees who have travelled to these destinations should contact their local health department regarding instructions for application of these quarantine orders while working. Critical infrastructure employees, such as public health, law enforcement, food supply, etc., need to have the staffing resources to continue serving Kansans so the local health department may allow a modified quarantine. Please note the only exemption for these quarantine mandates for critical infrastructure sector employees is work – they are not to go any other locations outside of work.

                                                                                  For more information on COVID-19, please visit the KDHE website at      


July 9, 2020 News Release for the Osage County Health Department

Notice from the Osage County Health Department:

We posted earlier about a false rumor concerning a positive that affected an athletic team. We do now have a positive patient that has affected a county athletic team. This is a different case, in the north end of the county. If you are not contacted by the Health Department, you are not considered a close contact.

Here is a link to frequently asked questions regarding isolation and quarantine for COVID-19, from KDHE.

 How to correctly wear a fabric mask. 

Resolution No. 2020-05 Exempting from the requirements of Executive Order No. 20-52

Phase 4 Order Issued by Osage County July 2, 2020

Osage County Re-Opening Order May 27, 2020

Chart for Reopening Osage County May 28, 2020

Osage County Press Release May 27, 2020

 Osage County Order to Rescind  Phase 1.5 May 21, 2020

Press Release for recinding the order implementing Phase 1.5 May 21, 2020

Executive Order 20-34 Implementing Phase 2 Signed May 19, 2020


Frequently asked questions on Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas Updated May 19, 2020 


Governor's Updates to the Ad-Astra Reopening Plan, Phase 2, what is allowed and not allowed. An easy to follow chart. 


Safe Memorial Day Guidance: Issued May, 19, 2020


Governor Kelly adds new phase to “Ad Astra” plan


May 18, 2020 Osage County COVID-19 Blueprint for Re-Opening 


Frequently Asked Question on Ad Astra: Plan to Re-Open Kansas Updated May 14, 2020


Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19


Osage County, Kansas COVID-19 Blueprint for Re-Opening adopted May 1, 2020


Community Development Block Grant Funds

Kansas Department of Revenue announces plan to reopen driver's license offices.





Update: May 11, 2020

Osage County COVID-19 update:

Osage County has one new positive case identified. Health Department staff are currently in contact with the patient, who is a 17 year old female and is in quarantine, as are close family contacts. We are working on contact investigation. If you have been in close contact with the patient, you will be contacted by the Health Department.

Osage County also had 41 new negative tests and 2 new quarantined individuals over the weekend.

Thank you to everyone for helping keep our numbers low!


 Executive Order 20-29 State of Kansas




Chart for Osage County Reopening Plan



Here is a link to the latest Executive Order that extends the stay at home order.



KDHE Coronavirus updates page:

DHE Coronavirus map/stats page:!/vizhome/COVID-19Data_15851817634470/KSCOVID-19CaseData 

Kansas Department of Labor Families First Response Act Q & A: 

Osage County COVID-19 Facebook page: 

Osage County COVID-19 After Hours Hotline: (785) 219-1680

Kansas Department of Agriculture Food Establishment Guidance: 

KDA Guidance for Stores with Self-Serve Items: 

Here is a clarification put out by KDEM (Kansas Department of Emergency Management) that clarifies some things about what the stay-at-home rule means and how it is applied.


Press release from KDOL regarding unemployment insurance benefits expansion.


Q: Are car parades, cruises, and joyriding prohibited?

A: No, they are NOT prohibited by any stay at home order issued by the Osage County Health Department. In addition, according to guidance issued by the Adjutant            General, the Governor's stay at home order does not prohibit “joyriding, cruising or parades” so long as the "occupants of the vehicle reside in the same residence and        vehicles do not stop and congregate.”


04-22-2020    Osage County has a new positive case of COVID-19. The individual is a 62-year-old male, and is doing well. He has been in quarantine since his symptoms began. Information gathered so far indicates this case is connected to an outbreak outside our county. The Health Department is currently investigating this new case, and is working in conjunction with the other county Health Department as well. If you have been a contact of the individual, the Health Department will contact you directly.

Please continue to wash your hands frequently, practice safe social distancing, stay at home except for essential outings, and practice good hygiene. Thank you, Osage County, for helping keep our COVID-19 numbers low!


Kansas Mobile Testing Information