Kansas Mandates Wearing Face Masks at all Indoor/Outdoor Public Spaces

TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Laura Kelly has ordered that every person in Kansas must wear a mask in public spaces starting July 3. 

The order includes not only indoor public spaces, but also outdoor public spaces where six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. 

Kelly said more specific guidance will be released Thursday. 

The news comes after the state added more than 900 cases of COVID-19 since Friday. The order will go into effect just before what’s expected to be a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend. 

For residents and visitors in Wyandotte and Douglas counties, this won’t be much of a change. 

Both these counties have already announced mask mandates. Wyandotte County’s order is set to begin on June 30, and Douglas County’s will begin July 1

However, Douglas County’s order only applied to indoor public spaces. The governor’s order will take precedence. 

But last week, leaders in Johnson County specifically said they don’t want to make face masks a requirement

Dr. Sanmi Areola, Johnson County’s health director, said he strongly urged people in Johnson County to wear a mask, but they would not make it a requirement. They planned to focus on testing instead. 

Kansas City’s health director, Dr. Rex Archer, called Johnson County “unsafe”  because of that and advised people to avoid going there.

However, Johnson County will now have to follow Kelly’s order and require face masks for residents and visitors. 

Kansas City was the first municipality in the Kansas City region to make face masks a requirement. The order was announced Friday and went into effect Monday, June 29.  

Wyandotte County followed with an announcement on Saturday, and Jackson County, Missouri, and Douglas County made their announcements on Monday. Jackson County’s mask order is also set to begin July 1

Card Shower for Harold and Barb Grainger 65th Anniversary

The siblings of Harold and Barbara Grainger of Butler will host a 65th

Anniversary Card Shower for their parents. Barb and Harold were married

on July 2nd at Parkville, Missouri. The children request a card shower for

their parents. Send your cards to 2413 North East County Road 4003

Butler Missouri. That’s a card shower for Harold and Barbara Grainger’s

65th wedding anniversary. This address may be found on the KMAM KMOE

Facebook page.

They are the parents of Mike, Mitch, Lisa and Mitzi

Total Confirmed Cases of Covid-19 Rises to 18 in Vernon County

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed another positive case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing our total confirmed cases to 18. This case is symptomatic and is currently hospitalized. The family of this case is quarantined at home per CDC guidelines.

Vernon County Health Dept staff is continuing contact tracing and are notifying anyone who has been listed as a close contact to the positive case. Those contacts will be quarantined at home.

There is potential community exposure related to this case. The exposure is low risk for transmission. The exposure is as follows:


MFA on Hickory St from approximately 9:30-9:45 am

Wal-Mart from approximately 10:00-10:20 am.

If you feel like you may have been exposed please monitor for signs or symptoms for 14 days. If you develop any symptoms contact your primary care provider or urgent care for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms include:

• Cough

• Fever

• Shortness of breath

• Chills

• Muscle aches

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth). It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease.

CALL before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER if you feel you need to be evaluated