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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Statement from City Manager John Deardoff Regarding COVID-19

We at the City of Hutchinson are committed to serving you all as we navigate this ever-changing situation with the potential spread of COVID-19. With the Governor’s declaration yesterday and the new case in Wichita, the safety of our residents and employees is of upmost importance. We are in close contact with the Reno County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment and we are monitoring news from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as it develops.

As this is a new virus and there are so many unknowns, we are deferring to the experts for how to proceed. We would much rather look back and see we did too much than too little.

City employees are being instructed to stay home if showing symptoms and we are working on a plan to allow non-essential employees to work from home when possible. That said, we are determined to see that city services continue uninterrupted.

We encourage others to follow the CDC recommendation of social distancing as well as of course hand washing, etc.

For reliable information on COVID-19, please look to these sources:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

If you have symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and believe you may have had contact or have had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

You may also call the KDHE phone bank at 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information about COVID-19, visit KDHE’s website and Frequently Asked Questions at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/ and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.