May 27, 2021 4:00 PM

State reaches out to Barton County to encourage COVID vaccinations

Posted May 27, 2021 4:00 PM

By COLE REIF
Great Bend Post

The Kansas Governor’s Office and the state’s COVID-19 relations council have reached out to Barton County to gauge their interest in promoting and encouraging the population to get their coronavirus vaccinations.

At Tuesday’s Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting, college president Dr. Carl Heilman noted the county, local health department and public entities were notified of the initiative.

"I believe Barton County is the only county part of this model," said Heilman. "I believe it is a benefit to Barton County and that Barton Community College is being recognized as an entity that can help address the challenge and meet the wellbeing of the population."

The first promotion of the vaccinations will take place at June Jaunt, Great Bend’s outdoor festival June 4-6. The involved entities, including the college, will look at other future promotional ideas to encourage vaccinations.

As for the college, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean says COVID-19 restrictions are being removed as operation is getting back to normal on campus.

"We started taking down some of the plastic shields in offices," said Dean. "We removed a lot of the COVID-19 signage off the flooring and windows."

The college is still experiencing challenges with some of their overseas students, especially athletes, traveling back to their home countries.