HUTCHINSON— Interim Well being Officer Karen Hammersmith introduced Tuesday that she could be placing by means of a well being order to restrict mass gatherings to 100 folks, with an exception for companies that make use of greater than 100 folks and outside occasions the place social distancing might be maintained.
Reno County fee chair Ron Sellers implored the group once more to put on masks, wash arms and follow social distancing, as did Commissioner Ron Hirst.
“We’re not going to arrest you for not masking,” Sellers stated. “Do not you simply do some issues for the great of others? Do not I’ve a group obligation to do the proper factor to assist others? That is what we heard from the superintendents is, assist the youngsters keep in class. How arduous is it to assist to manage the unfold? I simply assume that we are able to perform a little bit extra and assist this share that we have got reverse itself.”
Under is the textual content of the Order…
HEALTH ORDER #20-03
[Pursuant to K.S.A. 65-119 and K.S.A. 65-202]
This Emergency Public Well being Order is efficient the 14th day of October, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. to mitigate the unfold of the novel coronavirus illness COVID 19 pandemic in Reno County, Kansas pursuant to the authority of Ok.S.A. 65-119 and Ok.S.A. 65-202 and different relevant legal guidelines and laws.
WHEREAS, the native Well being Officer is allowed and required, pursuant to Ok.S.A. 65-119 and Ok.S.A. 65-202 to right away train and preserve supervision over recognized or suspected instances of any infectious or contagious illness throughout its continuance, and to problem orders seeing that every one such instances are correctly dealt with and that the provisions of the Kansas public well being legal guidelines as to isolation, quarantine and disinfection are duly enforced; and
WHEREAS, the native Well being Officer is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is allowed to ban public gatherings when crucial for the management of any and all infectious ailments, pursuant to Ok.S.A 65-119; and
WHEREAS, on Might 26, 2020, the Governor of the State of Kansas declared a STATE OF DISASTER PROCLAMATION so as “to guard Kansas from the financial penalties of COVID-19 and the upcoming menace of future outbreaks” and issued Government Order 20-52 on
July 2, 2020, a statewide Order pertaining to the carrying of masks or different face coverings, which Proclamation and Order have been prolonged and stay in impact; and
WHEREAS, as of October 12, 2020 there have occurred in Reno County seven (7) confirmed deaths from COVID-19, 1446 constructive instances, 321 present lively constructive instances, 58 whole COVID-19 admissions to Hutchinson Regional Medical Middle and 29 whole admissions to its Intensive Care Unit; and
WHEREAS, to be able to scale back the unfold of COVID-19, america Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), the Kansas Division of Well being and Setting (KDHE) and the Reno County Native Well being Officer, all suggest implementation of group mitigation methods to extend containment of the virus, together with limiting giant gatherings and social distancing in smaller gatherings; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDERED by the Interim Native Well being Officer, pursuant to the above authorities, that:
1. Efficient at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 2020 all public or personal mass gatherings as outlined beneath, are prohibited inside the border of Reno County.
a. The phrase “mass gathering” as used on this order means any deliberate or spontaneous, indoor and outside, public or personal occasion or convening that can deliver collectively or is prone to deliver collectively 100 or extra folks in a confined or enclosed area on the similar time.
b. This prohibition contains, however shouldn’t be restricted to, mass gatherings at auditoriums, theaters, film theaters, museums, arenas, convention rooms, assembly halls, exhibition facilities, taverns, well being and health facilities, recreation facilities, and licensed swimming pools.
2. The next actions or amenities are exempt from the prohibition of this order:
a. Operations of america Authorities;
i. Navy and Nationwide Guard amenities
ii. Division of Corrections
iti. Legislation Enforcement
iv. Polling Locations
b. Spiritual gatherings, so long as attendees interact in acceptable social distancing;
c. Public, personal, or constitution faculties for tutorial functions;
d. Any facility getting used as a part of a authorities or group response to a pure catastrophe;
e. Public buildings the place giant numbers of persons are current however are usually not inside 6 ft. of each other for greater than 10 minutes;
f. Private and non-private companies that make use of greater than 100 folks; supplied, affordable efforts have to be made to social distance by 6 toes in work and break areas.
g. Hospitals and medical amenities;
i. Lengthy Time period Care amenities
ii. Assisted Dwelling
h. Buying malls and different retail institutions the place giant numbers of persons are current however are usually not inside 6 ft. of each other for greater than 10 minutes;
i. Arenas the place giant numbers of persons are current however are usually not inside 6 ft. of each other for greater than 10 minutes, and are capable of preserve social distancing when seated by greater than 6 ft. when not seated with their household items;
j. Outside stadiums the place giant numbers of persons are current however are usually not inside 6 toes of each other for greater than 10 minutes and are capable of social distance when seated by greater than 6 ft. when not seated with their household items.
3. Companies are inspired to adjust to the Governor’s masks and face masking mandate.
This Order shall change into efficient as of 12:01 A.M. on October 14, 2020 and shall stay in impact till amended or rescinded. This Order could also be modified as circumstances dictate.