May 22, 2020 3:30 PM

Barton County extends emergency declaration

Posted May 22, 2020 3:30 PM

Great Bend Post

It has been over 60 days since Barton County declared a local public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, Barton County Commissioners extended that declaration for at least 60 days.

"This allows us to ask for PPE and other supplies from the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, as well as render aid and assistance to local agencies," said Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller.

Miller was asked if she was receiving supplies that she requested from the State Division of Emergency Management.

"I have received the items I have asked for if they were available," said Miller. "They must ration it out to all the counties. I think everyone is being extremely judicious with their supplies."

Commissioners issued the first local public health emergency on March 20. At that time, the county had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and just 44 cases had been reported statewide with one death. As of Friday, May 22 there were 36 cases, 20 of which are still active.