Press Release May 1, 2020

Public Health

Chautauqua County Phase One


As we approach the final days of Kansas’s “Stay Home” order, it is imperative that Chautauqua County continues to take measures to ensure the safety of our most vulnerable to do our part to keep our community safe and limit the spread of COVID-19. It is understood that restarting economic activity is one of our county’s priorities at this time. The lift of Governor Kelly’s Stay Home Order only changes a few aspects concerning the next few weeks such as allowing dining in at restaurants and allowing non-essential workers to return to work. It is important for citizens to continue to take precautions as outlined below.


  • Refrain from non-essential travel
  • Practice social distancing
  • Interact only with people of the same household when possible
  • Practice good hand hygiene
  • Vulnerable/High Risk individuals and senior citizens should stay home as much as possible


Symptoms of COVID-19 include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, chills, aches fatigue, loss of smell or taste, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea. Contact your primary care physicians with any concerns for further instruction.


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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has set up a hotline for anyone with COVID-19 related questions. It can be reached at 1-866-534-3463 or email [email protected].