Jul 13, 2020 3:07 PM

Barton County extends Public Health Emergency

Posted Jul 13, 2020 3:07 PM

As expected, Barton County Commissioners Monday extended the Declaration of a State of Local Public Health Emergency to Jan. 21, 2021. The original declaration was made on March 20 and extended 60 days on May 18. The extension of the declaration allows for the County to receive state and federal aid.

Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller says the declaration helps in requesting and receiving PPE for local health agencies and other organizations who are eligible.

“All of the hospitals currently have enough supplies to last for the minimum 14 days,” Miller said. “I have a request from a long term care facility that should be arriving today.”

Miller added that she also gave out a 90-day supply that was a one-time availability.

“That went to non-medical organizations that included local schools, Barton Community College and a couple of other providers in the community.”

As the Emergency Management Director, Miller serves as the county’s liaison with State and Federal agencies responsible for emergency management and is the direct communication link to the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.