Local Health Officer on COVID-19 and Polio

Rebecca Johnson, SEKMCHD Director.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment just announced to local health agencies that they will be adopting the CDC’s “public guidance” for COVID-19, according to Becky Johnson, Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department Administrator/SEK Local Health Officer.

“They’re reviewing K-12 and healthcare workers COVID-19 guidance and plan to release it at a later date. Here is a link that discusses the CDC’s recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0811-covid-guidance.html ” she said.

“Also, this article was just brought to my attention. It is from the CDC regarding the Polio case in New York: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/71/wr/mm7133e2.htm?s_cid=mm7133e2_e&ACSTrackingID=USCDC_921-DM87893&ACSTrackingLabel=MMWR%20Early%20Release%20-%20Vol.%2071%2C%20August%2016%2C%202022&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM87893″ she said.

“At this time we are not considered at risk for Polio, but would recommend the Polio vaccine to those who are not vaccinated. Those individuals 2 months of age and older may be vaccinated for Polio.”

“I encourage our residents to be current on all recommended vaccinations for their age group,” Johnson said.

SEKMHD is located at 524 S. Lowman in Ft. Scott. She can be reached at (620)223-4464 or fax (620)223-1686 or

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