[College Hill Topeka] Fwd: Media Release: Updated COVID-19 Recommendations from Local Health Officer

Katrina Shaw katkake1 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 24 15:07:07 CST 2022

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From: Rachelle Vega-Retana <rvretana at topeka.org>
Date: Thu, Feb 24, 2022 at 11:43 AM
Subject: Media Release: Updated COVID-19 Recommendations from Local Health

*Topeka, Kan.* – With significant improvements in all Shawnee County
COVID-19 metrics over the last four weeks Shawnee County Health Officer,
Dr. Erin Locke, has issued updated recommendations to continue the
mitigation of COVID-19 in the Shawnee County community. Several previously
recommended mitigation strategies have been removed due to the improved
community situation, including the following:

·         Recommendations to prepare for staffing and supply chain shortages

·         Recommendation to Board of Health to institute a mask mandate

·         Recommendation to reschedule or move events and meetings to
virtual settings

·         Recommendation to limit in-person attendance to 50%

·         Recommendation to avoid crowds

·         Recommendation to work from home

These updated recommendations continue to be in accordance with
recommendations from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the State of Kansas. Recommendations continue to focus on the
primary mitigation measures that have been shown to have the greatest
impact on reducing the spread of COVID-19. Employers, organizations and
individuals should continue the practice of conducting risk assessments to
gauge necessary mitigation strategies for their particular environment and

Vaccination continues to be one of our best tools at combating COVID-19, as
such, the SCHD continues to strongly encourage residents to protect
themselves by getting a COVID-19 vaccine and subsequent booster dose once
they are eligible. At this time, individuals aged 5 and older are eligible
for COVID-19 vaccination and individuals aged 12 and older are eligible for
a booster dose. Currently, 60% of the population in Shawnee County has
completed a primary vaccine series and 66% has received at least one
vaccine dose. Many opportunities to receive a COVID-19 vaccine continue to
exist in our community and can be found easily through the CDC’s Vaccine
tool <https://www.vaccines.gov/>.

Testing continues to be available and free to Shawnee County residents. To
find a location near you, visit www.knowbeforeyougoks.com, find locations
on the SCHD testing webpage here
<https://sites.google.com/view/sncocovidtesting/home>, or contact your
healthcare provider.

Questions regarding the Health Officer Recommendations can be sent to
HAAdmin at snco.us or by calling *785.251.4949. *Questions regarding COVID-19
vaccine can be sent to CovidVaccine at snco.us.


COVID-19 Recommendations from the Local Health Officer (2/24/2022)

*Shawnee County Health Department is committed to working in partnership
with our community to promote and protect the optimal health of all people
by bridging gaps to eliminate health inequities, respecting the diversity
of our community, through adaptive and innovative processes.*

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[image: Logo_Color_Transparent(3x2.5)]*Craig Barnes*

Division Manager

Community Health Outreach and

Shawnee County Health Department

2600 SW East Circle Drive

Topeka, KS 66606


785.251.5612 office

785.806.6310 cell

785.251.5696 fax

Rachelle Vega-Retana, Grants Administrator

City of Topeka, Dept. of Planning & Development

Division of Housing Services

620 SE Madison St
1st Floor – Unit 8

Topeka, Ks. 66607

Phone: (785) 368-4490

Fax:      (785) 368-2546

Email:    rvretana at topeka.org

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