COVID-19 Resource Page

As the novel coronavirus has progressed from an unusual disease in a city in China to a WHO-declared pandemic, a flood of information has spread through broadcast media, social media and coffee-shop conversations. Trying to sort out fact from fiction -- or to identify what is really applicable here in Butler County, Kansas -- has become increasingly difficult. This page attempts to gather together some of the information that is most relevant in our corner of Kansas.

County Alerts and Closures

UPDATED 3/31/2020: 
County government buildings and offices are closed to public access -- currently through Sunday, April 19th (to align with the governor's "Stay at Home" order). Many county services are still available by phone, mail and internet, as well as by special appointment (as available). Be aware that some county functions that rely on state systems are currently offline while those state offices are closed.

NOTE:  Available services includes the County Landfill. They are open for business!  (The separate e-waste and household hazardous waste drop-off sites are closed, but these items can still be processed at the main landfill entrance.)

Additional notable changes include those listed below:
  • All 4-H / Community Building reservations are cancelled
  • Department on Aging's Spring Fling is cancelled
  • The Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt has been cancelled.
  • *NEW:  The County Wide Clean-Up event that was scheduled for April 18th - 25th has been postponed. A rescheduled date will be announced later.

Board of County Commissioners:
Public Access to Weekly Meetings

The Butler County Board of Commissioners continues to meet on a weekly basis, as scheduled. However, due to the limits on gathering sizes and the closure of government buildings, public access to those meetings now looks a little different. To view Commission meetings through live-stream, or to access archived videos of previous meetings, click here

Official Information Sources

One of your best defenses is to know the facts. To better protect yourself and your family, go straight to the source. Refer to these links for the most current guidelines, recommendations, and virus data:

Butler County Data

As of 4/8/2020. *Recovered cases are those no longer requiring investigation / monitoring by Public Health.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases 8
Negative test results 163
Recovered cases* 3
Fatalities from COVID-19 0
2018 estimated population
(for reference)

Kansas Data

As of 4/8/2020 at 4:00 p.m. *Total cases reported by KDHE only include Kansas citizens. Non-residents in the state who test positive are not included in that count. Also, KDHE is now only publishing their official count once per day.
State Reported COVID-19 Cases* 1,046
Non-Resident Confirmed Cases in KS 2
Total Counties with Confirmed Cases 57
Fatalities from COVID-19* 38
2019 estimated population 2,913,314

Symptom Self-Reporting

To self-report COVID-19 symptoms to the Butler County Health Department, click on the image below to access the online form:
COVID Symptom Report Link

Fact Sheets for Individuals in Quarantine or Isolation

Home Isolation Information for Patients Click to view
Home Isolation Information for Household Members and Caregivers Click to view

Local sources of information:

Butler Co. Health Dept (316) 321-3400 Email
Butler Co. Emergency Management (316) 733-9796 Email
KDHE Hotline (866) 534-3463 Email
United Way Information Line 2-1-1 n/a
Kansas Dept of Labor:
COVID-19 Unemployment Information
(316) 383-9947 Website

Declarations, Orders and Official Notices

Governor's Executive Order: Statewide Stay at Home  Effective March 30, 2020 Click to view
Kansas Office of the Governor: All Executive Orders  Continually updated Link to Website
Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration March 21, 2020 Link to Application
Butler County Public Health Emergency Declaration March 19, 2020 Click to view
KDHE: Mandatory Quarantine for Some Travelers Updated April 6, 2020 Click to view
Governor's Executive Order on School Closings March 17, 2020 Click to view
Governor's Executive Order on Gatherings Updated April 7, 2020 Click to view
Governor's Executive Order on Utility Shut-Offs March 17, 2020 Click to view
State Emergency Declaration March 12, 2020 Click to view
Major Disaster Declaration for KS: FEMA-4504-DR March 29, 2020 Click to view
Federal Emergency Declaration March 13, 2020 Click to view

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