Public health is a day-to-day operation in every community that functions mainly in the background. We plan, we prepare, and we train for large scale events that can affect our entire county, region, and state. This novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that can cause the acute illness COVID-19, has done just that. Part of our responsibility at the Wallace County Health Department is to educate and inform the community and we are hoping last weeks special edition answered some questions.
Why so many cancellations for so few cases? Why is Wallace County shutting down with no cases yet? There is good reason to go above and beyond with cancellations and restrictions. All of the decisions that have been made by federal, state, and local public health officials have one goal: slow the spread of the virus so our healthcare system can continue to function.
We are fully expecting a certain number of cases to occur, even in Western Kansas. With the restrictions we have in place we will hopefully reduce the number of cases and spread it out over several months, then everyone will get the care they need and our medical professionals and facilities can better handle the increased burden.
Our older population and people of all ages with pre-existing health conditions are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you are at a higher risk we recommend you stay home as much as possible, avoid group gatherings, and utilize the services the community is offering to reduce exposure.
EVERYONE is encouraged to:
Wash your hands. Often
Practice social distancing by staying 6 ft away from others
Stay home if you are sick
Follow the guidelines released by federal, state, and local officials
We are still early in this outbreak and information is changing daily. What isn’t changing is the seriousness of the illness in vulnerable populations and the threat to our healthcare system. Our office is posting updates on the “Wallace County Health Department” Facebook page and we are always available to give updates if you call the office at 785-852-4272. We currently have three staff members working diligently to keep you informed and we are providing guidance and supplies to our local healthcare entities.
Our business community has prioritized the health of our vulnerable population by offering curb side services and some delivery options. We can’t thank them enough for all they do for our communities but especially in times like this. We also appreciate the support of our local Emergency Manager, Sheriff Larry Townsend, and the local Board of Health that is made up of our county commissioners.
“In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.” – unknown school superintendent
Please look at the full newspaper under "Online Edition" to read more articles about Covid-19 and to see the local information section.
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