COVID19

Linn County COVID19 Updates

Latest updates

Feb. 24, 2021

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!

Make a Difference right here in Linn County!!!

We are seeking individuals with all levels of medical and non-medical experience to assist with the COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts.

Vaccination clinics are getting larger and we need many volunteers!!

Register HERE

Feb. 2, 2021

VACCINE FAQ, SCREENING FORM AND VIDEO BELOW

Covid Vaccine Packet for Recipients FAQ, vsafe, what to expect HERE

COVID-19 Vaccine Screening Form at   https://www.dispenseassist.net/Covid.html

Video on how to fill out the form can be viewed HERE

Jan. 28, 2021

LCHD Phase 2 vaccine press release HERE

Phase 2 vaccine registration link HERE

Updated Jan. 5, 2020

There is no list for the general public to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, no matter the age or medical condition of the person. Announcements about vaccine availability will be made in this area of the website, on our Facebook page (click here)   and through the media (newspaper and social media). Updates will include dates, times and locations.

At this time, in following the state’s plan, LCHD is only vaccinating EMS and public health staff, and health care-associated workers,. People who live and work in nursing homes are receiving the vaccine via the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program.

Essential workers and people age 75 and older will be the next round eligible for the vaccine. We will move on to this group when Phase 1A is complete. Those who are in a lower-risk category will most likely get vaccinated in late spring/early summer. These timelines are subject to change and will depend on vaccine availability from the federal government.

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Health care providers/workers information

If you are a health care-associated worker and your employer has not provided a date for you to be vaccinated, please have someone from your office complete the online form to let LCHD know your staff is interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DV2VC5   If you have already completed this form, no further action is needed. By completing the form, health care practices/organizations will be placed on a list and will be notified if the vaccine becomes available.

Health care providers who want to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients or staff can email a request to KDHE at kdhe.COVIDEnrollment@ks.gov. KDHE will send the health care provider an enrollment form and instructions on how to order, store and administer the vaccine.

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Distribution guidelines

The Linn County Department of Health & Environment is following the vaccine distribution guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Vaccine chart

(Version of KDHE table accessible to screen readers)

This state plan is subject to change. Questions about the plan can be directed to KDHE:

·    Phone: 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF)

·    Email: covid-19@ks.gov

·    Website at kdheks.gov

For more information, visit:

·    Kansasvaccine.gov

·    Kansas COVID-19 Vaccination Plan – PDF

·    KDHE’s weekly vaccine update

·    CDC: When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First?

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Facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

·    CDC facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

·    Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients of the Vaccine

·    Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

·    Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients of the Vaccine

·    Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

Covid-19 VACCINE UPDATE: Linn County Health Department vaccinated public health staff and EMS workers last week with the Moderna vaccine we received. . People who live and work in long term care or assisted living facilities are receiving the vaccine via the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-term Care (LTC) Program, not our office. ⁠

If you you are a healthcare-associated worker and your organization is interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, please have someone from your office complete the online form to let us know your staff is interested, once vaccine becomes available. The link to complete this form is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3DV2VC5

By completing the form, health care practices/organizations will be placed on a list and will be notified if the vaccine becomes available. Vaccine availability is not guaranteed. ⁠

Other essential workers and people age 75 and older will be the next round eligible for the vaccine. We will move on to this group when Phase 1A is complete. Those who are in a lower-risk category will most likely get vaccinated in late spring/early summer. These timelines are subject to change and will depend on vaccine availability from the federal government. ⁠

We will post announcements on our social media site as we move through the different groups eligible for the vaccine. There is no list for the general public to sign up to get the vaccine at this time.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment provides a weekly update: https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/284/COVID-19-Vaccine

Health Department Press Release

Information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

If you currently have symptoms of COVID-19, please fill out the appropriate form below. If your information indicates that you need follow-up, the Linn County Health Department will contact you directly. Please ensure your contact information is correct prior to submitting this form.

All information provided in this form will remain confidential. We will not provide your personal information to anyone outside the Health Department, but it will be used internally to help us track the spread of this disease. The form can be found HERE.

If you are under respiratory distress you should seek medical help immediately.

10/07/20 Update:

Quarantine or isolation: What’s the difference?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their local health department. Quarantine time is usually 14 days from the time you were last exposed to the positive Covid-19 case.  Your Health Department will contact you and explain in detail what the length of time should be and why, and we are available for you to call with any questions. 

Isolation is when a person with a confirmed case of Covid-19 is kept away from others to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Isolation time is usually 10 days from the start of a person’s symptoms or if no symptoms,  from the date the test was collected.

A short explanation of why the Quarantine time is longer relates to what we know about the incubation time of the virus being between 2 to 14 days. 

For more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

Information taken from:

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases

03/10/2020 Update: KDHE press release PDF HERE

03/09/2020 Update: Click HERE for the Linn County Health Department press release.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The first confirmed case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. Several countries, including the United States, are actively screening incoming travelers at airports that receive direct flights from China.  

The risk to the public in Linn County, Kansas of infection from this novel coronavirus is low, although the emergence of any new virus presents a challenge to public health and health care systems. The Linn County Health Department will continue working closely with local, state and federal partners to monitor, respond and inform the public of any potential threat.

All travelers returning from geographic areas with widespread community transmission are encouraged to remain at home and avoid large gatherings for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you have any questions, call 913-795-7302 during regular business hours.

Who is at risk for COVID-19?

  • You have a fever or signs of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) and you have had close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset (includes healthcare workers).
  • You have a fever and signs/symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough or shortness of breath) and a history of travel in geographic areas with widespread community transmission within 14 days of symptom onset.
  • You have a fever with acute lower respiratory illness (e.g., pneumonia, ARDS) requiring hospitalization and no alternative diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no source of COVID-19 exposure identified.

Take simple steps to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19 by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care
  • Wash your hands frequently, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds 

Health care providers should immediately notify infection control at their health care facility and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at (877) 427-7317 if they have a patient under investigation for COVID-19. KDHE is coordinating all testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit this page for current case counts, prevention information, travel notices, guidance, and frequently asked questions. Information in Chinese.

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