Category Archives: COVID-19

KDHE amends travel quarantine list


TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has amended its travel quarantine list. Florida as well as those countries with a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice with restrictions remain, but Arizona, Bahrain and French Guiana are removed effective today. 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 between June 17 – July 27.
  • Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
  • International travel to Bahrain or French Guiana July 14 – July 26.
  • 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.


“It’s important to remember that traveling comes with risks,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary said. “We encourage those thinking about traveling to review their options, determine its necessity and if choosing to go, remember to still take precautions: wear a mask, socially distance and avoid mass gatherings.”


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 three times higher) are added to the list. Kansas’ rate was 223 cases per 100,000 population; whereas Florida’s is currently 717 cases per 100,000 population.


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 six feet 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

Bourbon County: 65 COVID-19 Cases

“This doesn’t affect most of you but in case you saw the numbers and wondered why the difference, I wanted to let you know,” Rebecca Johnson, SEK Multi-County Health Departments Administrator, said.

The local health office is at 524 S. Lowman,Ft. Scott, KS 66701

Contact info: (620)223-4464 work, (620)223-1686 fax,

“Yesterday Bourbon County had a new case and it was listed as active and under the total positives,” she said.  “After the investigation, it was found that the individual doesn’t actually live in Bourbon County. They hadn’t visited recently either. So, this case was sent to the county where they reside.”


“Also, in Bourbon County, they have a new hospitalization as of yesterday evening. So, their total in hospital at this time is 2.”


SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

July 28, 2020

Allen County

Current Positive Cases 6
Total Hospitalizations 2-1 remaining in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 8
Total Positives Since Testing 14-1 removed-out of state and to remain there
Deaths 0

Anderson County

Current Positive Cases 2
Total Hospitalizations 0
Current Recovered Cases 24
Total Positives Since Testing 26
Deaths 0

Bourbon County

Current Positive Cases 5
Presumptive Cases 3-1 listed on KDHE website, tested negative
Positive Out of State/County-staying in Bourbon 11
Total Hospitalizations 5-2 currently, with 1 of the 2 being new admit
Current Recovered Cases 60-includes presumptive cases
Total Positives Since Testing 65
Deaths 1

Woodson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Total Hospitalizations 1-0 remaining in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 11
Total Positives Since Testing 11
Deaths 0

Recovered cases are based on dates of onset of symptoms, not on day testing results are received.








Kansas Deadlines for Titling, Registration, Renewals

Some Vehicle Titling, Registration, and Renewals Near Deadlines 


TOPEKA – As the end of July approaches, deadlines near for vehicle registration renewals and extensions given for recent vehicle purchases. The following information outlines the deadlines for specific transactions administered by county treasurers across the state.

Vehicle Registration Renewals:
Vehicle registrations with an expiration date of March through June 2020 must be renewed by Nov. 14, 2020. Vehicle registration renewals from July 2020 forward must be renewed in the regularly scheduled month.

Recent Vehicle Purchases:
Kansas residents who have purchased new or used motor vehicles on or after Jan. 1, 2020, and are operating with a valid, extended 60-day permit, may continue to do so beyond the 60 days. Through Governor Laura Kelly’s Executive Order 20-55, the Kansas Department of Revenue is extending any temporary, 60-day Kansas permit for motor vehicles purchased after Jan. 1, through May 31, 2020.


The table below determines the deadline to complete the title and registration process for a recently purchased vehicle. Late penalties and loss of authority to operate motor vehicles on State roadways will be incurred after the deadline listed.


Purchase Date:  Title & Registration Deadline: 
Jan. 1-31, 2020 Monday, Aug. 31, 2020
Feb. 1-29, 2020 Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020
March 1-31, 2020 Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
April 1-30, 2020 Monday, Nov. 30, 2020
May 1-31, 2020 Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020

Driver’s License Renewals:
The deadline to renew Kansas driver’s licenses and state identification cards with expiration dates of March 12 through Sept. 15, 2020, is Dec. 31, 2020.


Some county treasurer offices offer limited licensing services in which operations may vary.

While each county treasurer determines how its office completes these transactions, the Kansas Department of Revenue continues to encourage the online renewal of vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses. This can be done by visiting or by downloading the iKan app from the Apple App or Google Play stores on your mobile device. By statute, some restrictions apply.

State identification card renewals require a visit to a Kansas Department of Revenue Driver’s License Office.


If a visit to a Kansas Driver’s License Office is necessary, an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, customers are asked to use the method listed at This site only lists state-run office locations.



FSHS Graduation August 1

A prior prom photo of the class 2020 of FSHS.
Submitted photo.

The 156 graduates of Fort Scott High School will have an unprecedented graduation on August 1 at the football stadium on Main Street at 8 p.m.


The changes are the result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently seeing a surge in the country and in Bourbon County.


“We are approved for an outside graduation, with masks, a limited number of guests for each student, a maximum of 6,” said Amber Toth, Fort Scott High School, Principal. The crowd will not be allowed on the field, we will dismiss our seating by section and have people leave immediately to help control crowd gatherings, and we will ensure social distancing.”


“We are not allowed to conduct graduation in the gym,” she said. ” If there is a weather issue we will reschedule time of graduation or date of graduation.”


“Teachers are allowed to attend graduation but there will not be a farewell line,” Toth said.  “We plan to have students do a lap on the track for audience members where they can wave, etc.”


The following is from the FSHS Facebook page:
“We have worked very hard to ensure we can have this ceremony and create a gathering that was approved by the health department. That means your cooperation and support will be needed moving forward. We need families to be flexible. We cannot have graduation in the gym with our current level of spread. Therefore, we may need to adjust the time etc if weather prevents us from having it at the stadium. GRADUATION WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND STUDENTS WILL BE GIVEN 6 TICKETS FOR GUESTS. Graduation will be live streamed for the public. We will have graduation practice on July 31st at 10:00 am. Students are required to attend so they can pick up their tickets for families and their mask at graduation practice. We will provide further details concerning entering the stadium before graduation.
1. We will expect the 6 guests from families to set together. We have provided seating for each student’s guests allowing for 6 foot distancing between families. We will expect you to follow and respect these guidelines.
2. We ask that each student’s guests enter the stadium together to help with seating.
3. You must have a ticket to enter the stadium.
4. All guests, graduates, and staff will be required to wear a mask throughout the ceremony. If you are not wearing a mask, you will not be allowed to enter the stadium but will be able to watch through the livestream from your home or car.
4. At the conclusion of graduation, no one will be allowed to enter the football field. We will do a recessional for the graduations and lead them off of the field.
5. Families will be dismissed from the bleachers one section at a time. This was an important step for getting our plan approved. We ask that you immediately leave the field when your section is dismissed so we can move to the next section.
6. You will need to meet your graduate at home or in your car after the ceremony.
7. Graduation masks will be provided for graduates and faculty.
8. If you have been mandated to quarantine while awaiting testing or have been quarantined due to a positive test or exposure, you will not be able to attend graduation. The health and safety of our community is our number one priority.”


Health and Economic Help From CARES Act Available in Bourbon County: Apps Due Aug. 8

The Bourbon County Commission received $2.9M in CARES Act funds through the State of Kansas SPARK funding.  This funding is designed to help the county with the health and economic emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information about the funding, visit
The County Commission has created the following categories of funding requests:
Reimbursement-for COVID related expenditures from March 1-July 30.
Direct Aid-for COVID related expenditures from August-December.
Small Business/Nonprofit Grant Program-a formula grant program designed to support these two groups with less than 50 employees.
Applications for funding requests from Bourbon County businesses, government entities, schools, and nonprofits can be found hereAPPLICATIONS ARE DUE Saturday AUGUST 8 AT NOON.
There will be Zoom information meetings on Wednesday, July 29.  Register here to watch live or visit this link after Wednesday afternoon for a recording of the meetings.  Instructional slide decks will also be posted.
Call 620.724,6281 or email
Submitted by:

Jody Hoener, LBSW, MBA

Bourbon County Kansas

Economic Development Director

210 S National Ave

Fort Scott, KS 66701


1-620-215-5725 Mobile

Bourbon County: 66 Total Positive Cases of COVID-19, Update

SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, and Woodson Counties

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

July 27, 2020

Bourbon County and Anderson County have 1 new case each this morning.

Allen County

Current Positive Cases 6
Total Hospitalizations 2-1 remaining in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 8
Total Positives Since Testing 14-1 removed-out of state and to remain there
Deaths 0

Anderson County

Current Positive Cases 2
Total Hospitalizations 0
Current Recovered Cases 24
Total Positives Since Testing 26
Deaths 0

Bourbon County

Current Positive Cases 6
Presumptive Cases 3-1 listed on KDHE website, tested negative
Positive Out of State/County-staying in Bourbon 11
Total Hospitalizations 5-1 remaining in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 60-includes presumptive cases
Total Positives Since Testing 66
Deaths 1

Woodson County

Current Positive Cases 0
Total Hospitalizations 1-0 remaining in hospital
Current Recovered Cases 11
Total Positives Since Testing 11
Deaths 0

Recovered cases are based on dates of onset of symptoms, not on day testing results are received.

Eat At Nu Grille July 20-24: Quarantine At Home

SEK Multi-County Health Departments

Bourbon County, Kansas



July 25, 2020;

It is the recommendation of the Bourbon County Health Officer, that if you purchased food from Nu Grille (24 N. National, Fort Scott, KS) on the dates of July 20-24th, to please quarantine yourself in your home and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, through August 7th.

Symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. This list does not include all possible symptoms.

For more information you may call the SEK Multi-County Health Department: Bourbon: (620)223-4464 Monday-Thursday 7:00am-5:30pm OR the COVID-19 Hotline: (866)534-3463.You may also visit the COVID-19 Resource Center at: Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Departments on Facebook or our website: for local updates.Eat

Bourbon County COVID-19 Recovery Funding Update

The State of Kansas allocated $400 million dollars of the CARES Act Relief funds towards local county governments. On July 15, 2020 Bourbon County received $2.9million as a part of this allocation.  Bourbon County Commissioners have contracted with Greenbush, an educational organization based out of Girard, to develop systems for online applications that insures State and Federal requirements are met, develop communication plans, review processes, reporting and evaluation.
The Bourbon County Recovery Steering Committee met yesterday to determine funding buckets (as they align with state priority’s and the percentage of funds allocated to each of those buckets.  Those recommendations were presented to the commission today in a special meeting.  The Bourbon County Commissioners formally adopted and approved several things, as recommended:
1. The reimbursement of a total of $329,042.33 to 3 incorporated cities and the Fort Scott Community College for COVID related expenses incurred from March 1-July 31, 2020.
2.  Direct Aid funding buckets and allocation of remaining funds, that can be updated as proposals are submitted:
a. Economic Development 20%
i. Sub-Group: Small Business/Non Profit Grant Program 5%
b. Health 30%
c. Education: 20%
d. Collaborative Projects: 25%
3. The online application, put together and presented by Monica Murnan and Mike Bodenstein with Greenbush, was approved.  The anticipated application go-live date will be 7/28/2020 at 8 am and remain open until 8/8/2020 at noon.
The Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce and I will work together to put together a county-wide Small Business/Non Profit Grant Program.  The intent is to get funding to those hardest hit– those who were mandated to close or closed on there own.  It is also intended to reimburse PPE and cleaning costs to all business regardless of closing status. We have examples of what Crawford County and Riley County have done as well.  Look for more to come on that in the very near future, it will also be part of the online application with Greenbush.  (FYI-There are no HUD mandated income requirements associated)
We would like to thank steering committee members, in addition to myself, Craig Campbell, Jess Ervin, Jerry Witt, Susan Bancroft, Bill Michaud, and Ted Hessong for taking time out of your very busy schedules and continuing to serve in this capacity as we move forward.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Submitted by Jody Hoener, LBSW, MBA
Bourbon County Kansas
Economic Development Director
210 S National Ave
Fort Scott, KS 66701
1-620-215-5725 Mobile

Kelly Responds to BOE Rejection of Executive Order

Governor Laura Kelly Statement


The following statement is from Governor Laura Kelly regarding the State Board of Education’s vote to reject her executive order delaying the start of school:


“The cases of COVID-19 in Kansas are at an all-time high and continue to rise. Our decisions must be informed by public health experts not politics. This vote puts our students, faculty, their families and our economy at risk.


“I will continue to work with our school districts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children and ask every school district to delay the start of school.”

Bourbon County Agenda For July 21 Special Meeting


Bourbon County Commission Room

1st Floor, County Courthouse

210 S. National Avenue

Fort Scott, KS 66701

Tuesdays starting at 9:00

Date: July 21, 2020

1st District-Lynne Oharah Minutes: Approved: _______________

2nd District-Jeff Fischer Corrected: _______________

3rd District-Nick Ruhl Adjourned at: _______________

County Clerk-Kendell Mason


1:50 Commission, Renew Covid-19 Public Health Emergency Resolution

City Accepting Applications From Local Businesses For COVID-19 Hardships

The City of Fort Scott is still accepting applications for the Community Development Block Grant – CV (CDBG-CV) grant program.

The City of Fort Scott was recently awarded $132,000 in CDBG-CV funding which will be granted to local businesses facing financial hardships due to COVID-19. Qualifying businesses may receive a maximum of $10,000 in grant funding, award allocation will be based on the number of jobs retained.

Businesses located within city limits, and with fewer than 50 employees, and as small as one employee may be eligible to apply. Awards will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. An application will only be considered once it is fully completed with all requested documentation required to support the requested funding. Recipients of the previous round of CDBG Emergency Response funding are not eligible for a CDBG-CV grant.


Grants may be considered for working capital expenses for a 60-day period. Funds can only be used for qualified expenses incurred after March 1, 2020. There may be no duplication of benefits. For instance, if a business has already received funds from the Payroll Protection Program (PPP), they may still qualify. However, funds cannot be used for the same need as was utilized under the PPP program.


City employees will review applications and make recommendations to the City Commission. The City Commission will approve/decline/adjust requests at a regularly scheduled public meeting.

The application process that was previously opened to sole proprietors, and self-employed individuals will open to all businesses on Thursday, July 24th at 8:00am. Application forms, and additional eligibility requirements may be found online at Hard copy applications, along with program parameters will also be available at City Hall, 123 S. Main St. Questions regarding the application process, and eligibility guidelines should be directed to Allyson Turvey, via email at, or by phone at (620) 223-0550.


Governor Delays Schools Opening

Governor Kelly Signs Executive Orders Delaying Schools, Implementing Mitigation Procedures

Ensures Kansans Kelly will do everything to protect health and safety of Kansas children, teachers


TOPEKA—Governor Laura Kelly today signed Executive Order #20-59 and shared the details for Executive Order #20-58. Executive Order #20-58 can only be signed if the Kansas Board of Education votes to approve her order. Executive Order #20-58 delays schools from beginning any student instruction from August through September 8. Executive Order #20-59 outlines mitigation procedures schools must take to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Kansas students and teachers.


“I will continue to use every resource and tool available to this administration to protect Kansans and keep our economy open for business, regardless of the political pushback,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “The additional three weeks will provide schools time to work with their counties to get the necessary mitigation supplies like masks, thermometers, and hand sanitizer, while providing local districts time to thoroughly review the curriculum options from the State Board of Education to figure out what strategy is best for their district.”


“Putting nearly half a million kids and faculty in daily, large gatherings is the exact opposite of what health experts have urged us to do.”


Executive Order #20-58 will also include athletics and all other extracurricular activities.


Exceptions will be made for:

  1. Students enrolled concurrently to receive college credit;
  2. Enrollment of students for the 2020-2021 school year may occur in K-12 schools;
  3. Screenings and evaluations of students to determine accommodations and placement needs for the 2020-2021 school year.


Executive Order #20-59 will mandate face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, vendors, and other visitors to public or private K-12 school buildings or facilities.


Exceptions will be made for:

  1. Eating;
  2. Activities that cannot be safely conducted with a mask or other face covering;
  3. Children who are not students and are 5 years of age or under;
  4. Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  5. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing or communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  6. Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work.


The Executive Order will mandate six feet social distancing, except for in-person instruction in classrooms when masks or other face coverings are worn.


The order will also require hand sanitizer in all classrooms, and that all students and faculty must sanitize their hands no less than once every hour.


Finally, all individuals entering must have their temperatures checked before entering the building.


To view E.O. #20-58, click here.

To view E.O. #20-59, click here.