Washington County Announces First Two COVID-19 Related Deaths

Washington County – On 11/10/2020, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the first two known deaths of COVID-19 in Washington County. This marks the first deaths caused by the novel Coronavirus in Washington County. Contact investigations are ongoing and any identified close contacts will be quarantined at home and monitored for symptoms by Washington County Health Department Staff.

KDHE has released guidelines (https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/) for quarantine and isolation.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Do not visit in-person prior to receiving confirmation from that healthcare provider. Please adhere to the following recommendations:

  • Wearing a mask in public helps reduce the spread of transmission.
  • Follow all recommendations regarding self-quarantine.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • If you do need to go out in public, ensure you maintain six feet distance from other people.

The Washington County Health Department has worked closely on these decisions with numerous community partners, including Washington County Government, Washington County Emergency Management, Hospital, School district, and other local partners.

Washington County residents can stay informed by visiting the Washington County Health Department’s Facebook Page, www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

For general information, contact the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) or email COVID-19@ks.gov. You may also contact the Washington County Health Department information line at (785) 325-2600.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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