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GCMC Shares Important News About the Novel Coronavirus


Below is a listing of related news about COVID-19 to assist our patients and their families. The latest news will be listed at the top of the page. Information is fluid and is subject to change at any time.

We recommend following these websites for reputable information as well:

Centers for Disease Contol (CDC)

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

April 13, 2020

Statement of Continued Caution from the Gove County EOC:

Under advisement of the Gove County Health Officer, residents are to continue to practice full social distancing and obey the Stay at Home Order. It is recommended to wear masks to cover your mouth and nose in public. Homemade cloth masks are adequate for public errands. Continue adequate hand washing techniques please.

Peak date for our area is approximately a week or more off. For that reason, it is important to be diligent in safe practice efforts.

Please call these numbers for questions:

833-877-0146 or 785-754-2311 M-F 8 am to 5 pm
Any after hours calls will be answered by the Gove County Sheriff’s Office 785-938-2250

If you feel sick, or are concerned you are symptomatic of the Covid 19 virus, please call Bluestem Medical during business hours to speak to a provider 785-754-3333, or the Gove County Medical Center after hours at 785-754-3341

March 24,2020

Due to the mounting necessity of social distancing, as of 12pm today (3/24/20), we will have reduced staff facility-wide. This may cause an interruption in services. All essential elements of the hospital will still be in operation. All non-essential elements will be suspended until further notice. The health and the safety of our patients and employees are important to us as we adjust to the necessary precautions. All specialty clinics will be at the discretion of the provider and will continue unless otherwise noted.

March 22, 2020
Governer Kelly announces two Executive Orders

20-08 – Temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing requirements to combat the effects of COVID-19.
20-09 – Conditional and Temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2020
Governor Kelly announces Executive Order to temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures

Governor Kelly on Tuesday announced Executive Order #20-06 to temporarily prohibit evictions and foreclosures across the state in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19.

Due to negative economic impacts of COVID-19, Governor Kelly and her administration decided to take steps to support Kansans who may miss mortgage or rent payments as a result of lost wages and other income.

“We understand that this pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for people across the state,” Kelly said. “Kansas families need our support, and my administration is committed to doing everything it can to make sure Kansans can stay in their homes and businesses. It’s a necessary step to further protect Kansans’ health and safety.”

The Executive Order temporarily prohibits all financial institutions operating in Kansas from initiating any mortgage foreclosure efforts or judicial proceedings, and any commercial or residential eviction efforts or judicial proceedings until May 1, 2020.

This order comes after a State of Disaster Emergency for the State of Kansas was proclaimed by Kelly on March 12, 2020.

Read more about this executive order

March 17, 2020
FAQs about COVID-19 from Harvard Health

What is COVID-19? What are the symptoms of COVID-19? What should I do if I feel sick? How long can the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to survive on surfaces?

These questions and more are answered on Harvard Medical School's website.

On March 17th Governor Kelly outlined new Executive Orders to improve public safety regarding COVID-19 pandemic

Governor Kelly announced Executive Order #20-04 and Executive Order #20-05 to keep Kansans safe and healthy, ensuring all families are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance released on Sunday, March 15, 2020, Governor Kelly’s latest Executive Order follows the CDC’s recommendation to limit group gatherings to no more than 50 individuals in a single area.

In addition, Governor Kelly asked the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to suspend utility disconnects until April 15.

Read more about these executive orders online.

March 16, 2020
Mass gatherings guidance

New CDC recommendation: Starting immediately and for the next 8 weeks, the CDC recommends canceling all events of 50 or more people.

Ongoing guidance recommends that, in areas where there is even minimal COVID-19, events likely to include 10 or more people at high-risk for serious issues should be canceled. People at higher risk include older adults and people who have chronic medical conditions such as lung and heart disease, as well as diabetes.

If there is substantial spread in your area, all gatherings should be canceled.

Learn more on the CDC website

How to spot coronavirus misinformation

Consult trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or the World Health Organization. Read this article from TIME magazine to learn more.

KDHE issues new recommendations for quarantine and isolation of travelers, close contacts and those being tested

March 15, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing new guidance today surrounding COVID-19, including travelers, close contacts of confirmed cases and those being tested.

Learn more on the KDHE website

Traveling - Info from the CDC regarding COVID-19
March 15, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease.

Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19 if there are other travelers with COVID-19. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.

Learn more on the CDC website

March 11,2020
Process changes as a precaution for COVID-19

Gove County Medical Center would like to inform the public about process changes as a precaution for coronavirus (COVID-19). The main thing to remember is to help by calling in!

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have recently traveled from a travel alert area and experience fever, cough, or trouble breathing, please try to call ahead before coming to the hospital/Emergency Department (785-754-3341) or to the clinic (785-754-3333). Patients calling in may be asked screening questions related to their symptoms and travel history. Questions will help employees identify the next steps to provide safe care. Remember to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer when hand washing cannot occur.

GCMC is also implementing restrictions to combat this illness. There will be no visitors and any entry into the hospital will be through the front door. All that enter will be screened. The most important task for GCMC is to keep our patients, residents, and employees as safe as possible. Thank you for your cooperation!