CORONAVIRUS: Stay-at-home order detailed on KVOE's On-Air Chat Featured

Lyon County Public Health Officer Renee Hively (front right) concludes a social media news conference announcing Lyon County starting a stay-at-home order Thursday and continuing through April 25. Also pictured are (front left) Lyon County Pubilc Health Preparedness Officer Jennifer Millbern, (back row from left) Emporia Fire Chief Jack Taylor, Lyon County Emergency Management Director Jarrod Fell, Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope and Emporia Police Capt. Jim Tilton. Lyon County Public Health Officer Renee Hively (front right) concludes a social media news conference announcing Lyon County starting a stay-at-home order Thursday and continuing through April 25. Also pictured are (front left) Lyon County Pubilc Health Preparedness Officer Jennifer Millbern, (back row from left) Emporia Fire Chief Jack Taylor, Lyon County Emergency Management Director Jarrod Fell, Lyon County Sheriff Jeff Cope and Emporia Police Capt. Jim Tilton. Lyon County Public Health Facebook screenshot

Lyon County's new normal continues to take shape with the coronavirus pandemic affecting life as we know it.


As expected since Monday, Lyon County Public Health issued a stay-at-home order Wednesday morning, outlining what residents can and can't do and detailing which business sectors will have to shut down as a result. The order goes into effect just after midnight Thursday and is in effect for 30 days.

On KVOE's On-Air Chat shortly after the announcement, Lyon County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern made a point of saying the county approach was different than what other counties have used for their stay-at-home orders.

The order supersedes one announced Thursday limiting restaurants and other places serving food and drink to delivery, curbside or carryout services, but does not change those regulations aside from eliminating the carryout option. Besides gyms, the statement closes beauty industry businesses like salons, spas, barber shops, tattoo shops and massage parlors for the duration of the order. Public amusement places are also closed. Weddings, wakes and funerals are prohibited.

Another key component is physical health. Playgrounds and gyms will be closed, but Millbern says health outdoor activities are encouraged.

Yet another thing to consider is gatherings will be limited to immediate family members at home or a maximum of 10 people across the county. Here's Public Health Director Renee Hively:

Millbern expanded on that point:

Hively thanked residents for following guidance from health officials over the last two to three weeks. She says the agency will have daily updates on its Facebook page. Residents with questions are directed online to www.flinthillshealth.org and submit questions through the website.

Morris County issued a similar order now in effect through April 24. The county currently has two confirmed cases.

9:45 am Wednesday: Lyon County Public Health announces stay-at-home order

Effective at 12:01 am Thursday, Lyon County residents will be under a stay-at-home order, although may not be much different than it is now.


The order goes through April 25.

Lyon County Public Health made the announcement Wednesday morning after Governor Laura Kelly outlined the framework for what residents can do and which business sectors are considered essential or critical. Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Jennifer Millbern says a range of individual or family activities will be permitted.

Another key component: physical health. Playgrounds and gyms will be closed, but Millbern says healthy outdoor activities are encouraged.

Residents can go to work and back if their jobs fall under the critical or essential list.

The order supersedes one announced Thursday limiting restaurants and other places serving food and drink to delivery, curbside or carryout services. Besides gyms, the statement closes beauty industry businesses like salons, spas, barber shops, tattoo shops and massage parlors for the duration of the order. Public amusement places are also closed. Weddings, wakes and funerals are prohibited.

Concerns have arisen about law enforcement matters -- either in extra paperwork needed to travel across the county or current laws will not be enforced. In addressing the second point, Sheriff Jeff Cope said that was not the case.

Both Cope and Interim Police Chief Ed Owens addressed the first point in separate interviews on KVOE's Morning Show earlier in the day. Both say extra paperwork or documentation will not be needed.

Public Health Officer Renee Hively says the agency will have daily updates on its Facebook page.

Wednesday's announcement follows a similar move by Morris County, which is now in a 30-day stay-at-home order from noon Wednesday until noon April 25. Both counties have two confirmed cases each. So far, no other area counties have coronavirus.

Statewide, there are just under 100 cases and the number will likely pass 100 when the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issues its next update Wednesday afternoon.

Click here for the stay-at-home order.

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