COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates

UPDATED Wednesday, May 20, 2020 @ 8:30 a.m. 

The City Commission will meet on Thursday, May 21, 2020 - as part of the public hearing requirement for the CDBG-CV grant application. They will review, discuss, and move to approve the necessary Commission actions and documents to allow the City to apply for these funds. 

Visit our CDBG-CV webpage for more information.

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POSTED Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.


Yesterday Governor Kelly announced $9 million in grants to support community responses to COVID-19. To take advantage of this opportunity, the City of Eudora plans to submit an application for the CDBG-CV economic development grant fund to assist many of our small businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We plan to apply for the maximum amount, $300,000. If awarded, we know that this business grant will make a difference for many of our community entrepreneurs.

The City and the Eudora Chamber of Commerce will host a webinar TODAY, May 13th at 2:00 pm to provide more information about the program and inform the business community what to expect as we work to submit our application. Visit the State’s website to review the FAQ and learn more about the program.

All Eudora business owners are encouraged to attend the webinar.

Topic: CDBG Covid-19 Business Grants
Time: May 13, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 733 4402 7075
Password: 1dq45F

If you cannot attend the webinar today, the State will be hosting virtual Q&A session tomorrow, Thursday, May 14 @ 10:00 a.m. You can learn more and sign up for that session on the State’s website.

POSTED Wednesday, May 6, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Governor Laura Kelly has extended the moratorium on utility disconnections - via executive order 20-28. Municipalities and utilities are barred from disconnecting any utility service for lack of payment until at least May 31 or until the State’s emergency disaster declaration is lifted

Related to this announcement, the City of Eudora, as approved by the City Commission will not assess penalties or late fees on utility accounts until further notice.

POSTED Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the State’s phased reopening plan on Thursday. You can find the full plan at the State’s COVID-19 website.

Additionally, Douglas County Unified Command issued a plan that mirrors the state’s, with two exceptions. You can find full details and the complete public health plan on the County’s Coronavirus Response website.

The City of Eudora will follow Douglas County’s plan. Services provided by the City of Eudora will continue to operate at we have been until at least midnight on May 18th. We will update you as the situation evolves.

We are asking residents to follow current guidance and limit travel to essential needs, do not gather in groups more than 10, maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, wear a mask in public, and stay home if you feel sick - the same guidance in the State’s Phase One of reopening. 

Under the Governor’s plan and the Douglas County public health order, the following establishments are not allowed to open Monday, May 3:

  • Bars and nightclubs, excluding those already operating curbside and carryout service
  • Non-tribal casinos
  • Theaters, museums and other indoor leisure spaces such as trampoline parks and arcades
  • Fitness centers and gyms
  • Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided
  • In-house services for restaurants (can continue offering takeout, delivery and drive-through services)
  • Libraries

You can read the press release from Douglas County on their website. 

Also, the State has issued industry specific details about reopening, if you would like to know more.

POSTED Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Douglas County is asking residents to complete a survey about the impact of COVID-19 across the county. Please consider submitting your response 

The county has opened a new COVID-19 testing site at the Fire and Medical Training Center in Lawrence. Full details are online through The Eudora Times 

The CDC has issued guidance that all people should wear masks when going out in public to help slow the spread of COVID-19. A homemade, cotton mask is a good option

POSTED Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.

Governor Kelly has issued a statewide, temporary stay at home order. The order went into effect at midnight on Monday and will remain in effect until May 3, 2020. Please find the order here

Please stay home except for essential activities. Be well.

POSTED Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.

Douglas County issues daily updates from their team to keep folks updated on the situation in the county. Please visit their Facebook page to stay informed about what’s happening in and around our community.

At Monday’s City Commission meeting (March 23, 2020), the City Commission approved the suspension of the assessment of late penalties on utility bills for non-payment. This decision was made to help mitigate the current and impending economic effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on residents. Residents will still be required to pay the balance on their bills. The suspension of the assessment of the late penalties will be effective April 11th until further notice. Information and documentation from the meeting can be found on our website, in the meeting agenda center.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & EMS posted a short video on their Facebook page - shared by Mayor Tim Reazin - about how first-responders will approach calls that have been identified as a possible infectious disease medical call. 

POSTED Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 2:00 p.m.

Douglas County has issued a 30-day Shelter in Place order for all residents of Douglas County. Residents are asked to stay at home until April 23, except for essential activities and to conduct essential business as defined in the order.  Read the order here.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a rumor control site to help combat misinformation about COVID-19 that people may be seeing online and elsewhere. You can view the site here.

The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University is tracking the global impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus using GIS data from health agencies around the world. It is an impressive display of data.

POSTED Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 12:00 p.m.

Douglas County has launched a COVID-19 information hub for the county. The site is full of up-to-date information about how the county and cities in the county are responding to the outbreak and how services are being impacted, including Eudora. Please bookmark the link and visit when you have questions.

POSTED Wednesday, March 18, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m.

Eudora’s weekly newsletter went out this morning with information about the COVID-19 outbreak and the City Commission meeting. If you do not receive our weekly e-newsletter, sign up here

POSTED Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Updates and Impacts to City Services

City Hall 

  • Access to City Hall is closed to the public - please contact City Hall via phone or through our website 
  • The following city services are available online or by phone:
  • The following city services are suspended:
    • Notary Public
    • Special Event Permits

Office of Building, Planning & Codes

  • Access to the Codes Office is closed to the public - please contact the codes office via phone, email, or through our website
  • The following services are available via request by phone, email or through the website:
    • Contractor Licensing
    • Sign Permitting
    • Building Permitting
    • Building Inspections
      • All exterior inspections will be conducted
      • In-Person, residential interior inspections are suspended until further notice
      • Virtual Residential Inspections will be conducted in place of in-person inspections
      • Contractors/Homeowners may provide photos and written evidence of the permitted work completed in order to pass inspection
      • Please coordinate with the Building Inspector and city staff for more details
    • Plan Review
    • Codes Violations / Citizen Reports / Complaints
    • General Building Codes / Code Enforcement Inquiries - call or email

Public Safety Building

Public Works Building / Yard

  • Access to the public works office, buildings, and yard is closed to the public - please contact public works via phone or email:
  • All public works operations remain open and functioning as norming, including but not limited to:
    • Electricity Distribution
    • Water Distribution
    • Wastewater/Sewer Collection & Treatment
    • Streets and Stormwater Maintenance
  • The following services are available via phone, email, or online:
    • Sales or Vendor Calls
    • Receiving
    • General Inquiries
  • Bulk water distribution is OPEN

First case of coronavirus (COVID-19) identified in Douglas County

POSTED Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.

The City of Eudora is working with the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to closely monitor the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

According to state and county officials, one person in Douglas County has tested positive for COVID-19. People who are at higher risk of getting very sick from the illness are older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions.

In order to lower risk of infection and prevent possible transmission of the virus, please follow these tips:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Additionally, the City is asking residents to refrain from flushing anything down toilets except for toilet paper.

Learn more about how to keep yourself and your family safe around respiratory illnesses.

The CDC has provided information about drinking water safety and COVID-19. There is no risk to water supplies at this time.

Visit Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, the CDC, and the KDHE websites for the latest and best information about the COVID-19 coronavirus.