News and Updates

Lyon County Public Health Notified of County’s First Death From the COVID-19 Delta Variant

July 22, 2021

On July 21, 2021, Lyon County Public Health was notified of the first known death in Lyon County from the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This is one of 13 confirmed cases of the Delta variant in Lyon County.

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Lyon County Public Health is holding a Pfizer drive-thru vaccination clinic July 10 at Riverside Elementary School

June 9, 2021

Flint Hills Community Health Center and Lyon County Public Health will be holding a drive-thru vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 10, from 8:00am to 10:00am at Riverside Elementary School, 327 S. West St. Public Health will be vaccinating anyone wanting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine who are 12 years old and older.

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Lyon County Public Health is holding a Pfizer vaccination clinic May 21 at the Emporia Middle School

May 12, 2021

Lyon County Public Health in conjunction with USD 253 is holding a primary dose vaccination clinic on Friday, May 21 from 9:00-11:00am at the Emporia Middle School. We will be vaccinating students 12 years old or older with the Pfizer vaccine and members of the public.

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Lyon County Public Health will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

April 13, 2021

Lyon County Public Health and Flint Hills Community Health Center will pause the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following a joint announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Lyon County will see a significant decrease in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocations

April 8, 2021

Lyon County Public Health was notified Wednesday, April 7 of a significant decrease in the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine allocations coming to Kansas.

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B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant Confirmed in Lyon County

April 2, 2021

Lyon County Public Health and Flint Hills Community Health Center have confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (UK variant) in Lyon County. This variant seems to spread more easily and quickly than other variants and is associated with an increased risk of death.

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April 8 clinic will have Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine

April 1, 2021

Lyon County Public Health is holding a primary dose vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 8 with the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines. All Kansas residents 18 years and older are eligible to be vaccinated.

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Public Health Order (Effective November 6, 2020)

November 6, 2020

Effective today, Lyon County has adopted a county wide mask ordinance to expire January 14, 2021, or until amended, superseded, or rescinded by the Board of County Commissioners of Lyon County.

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Newman Regional Health and Lyon County Public Health Expand Testing to COVID-19 Asymptomatic Close Contacts

October 5, 2020

Newman Regional Health announces a partnership with Lyon County Public Health to test asymptomatic close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals in outbreak situations, effective Monday, October 5, 2020. The expansion to testing capabilities is made possible with $105,000 in Spark funds from the City of Emporia to cover costs associated with the increased testing that is being offered October 5th through December 24th.

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KDHE Issues Reminders for Sports Tournaments/Public Gatherings

June 26, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with local public health, is encouraging people who are attending sporting tournaments to please exercise appropriate prevention measures for COVID-19 as clusters are beginning to develop and potential exposures have occurred.

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Lyon County Public Health Receives $5,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas for COVID-19 Relief Measures

May 21, 2020

Lyon County Public Health announces it has received $5,000 from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) through its Blue Health Initiatives. BCBSKS is donating $200,000 to local health departments across Kansas and the Kansas Association of Local Health Departments (KAHLD) to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lyon County Public Health supports Governor Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Reopening Plan Phase 1.5

May 15, 2020

Lyon County Public Health supports Governor Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Reopening Plan Phase 1.5. No action will be taken to extend the Lyon County’s Public Health Order issued on May 1, 2020 which is set to expire May 18th, 2020.

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Third Fatality of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Identified in Lyon County

May 14, 2020

Lyon County, Kansas – On May 14, 2020, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the third known death of COVID-19 in Lyon County. The patient who died was a Hispanic male in his 40’s.

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Be Smart and Safe About Reopening Your Small Business

May 7, 2020

As the community is entering Phase I of opening back up, Lyon County Public Health would like the opportunity to partner with local businesses to assist them with reopening as safely as possible. By calling the COVID-19 Hotline at 620-208-3741, any business can request a one-on-one meeting with a member of our health department. This meeting will include an on-sight educational walk-thru regarding how best to practice business transactions based on industry guidelines and KDHE (Kansas Department of Health and Environment) as well as CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations.

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