COVID-19: Coronavirus Updates

POSTED Thursday, July 9, 2020 @ Noon

Douglas County has extended Phase 3 of the county’s Smart and Safe Reopening Plan. Additionally, bars and nightclubs will be closed through, at least, July 17 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The county has seen a big spike in cases over the last 10 days. 

The mask order issued by the Public Health Officer is still in effect, until further notice. City offices are open and following all mandated guidelines. Visitors will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available at all City offices. 

The Community Center and Community Pool have also updated their processes and procedures to adhere to the new public health requirements and keep visitors and staff safe.

Full details below:

Fitness Members:
Everyone entering the Community Center must wear a mask in the following situations:

• Signing in as a member to use the fitness room
• Buying pool passes and memberships
• Interacting with staff

Once in the fitness room, and at least 6 feet away and all involved can physically and socially distance from anyone else they may remove their mask to exercise. This meets the requirements of the public health order and everyone’s safety while in the Community Center.

Aquatics:
Everyone must have a mask before entering the Aquatic Center. Masks should be worn while waiting in line, if 6 ft of distancing cannot be met. Masks must be worn when entering the Community Center. Staff has put down bright yellow “please wait here” signs every 6 feet as a friendly visual reminder of what a safe physical distance of 6 feet looks like.

There will also be more signage to remind all our visitors of a safe physical distance between guests in the diving board line area, along with the stairs to get to the slide. If social distancing cannot be maintained, masks must be worn.

Masks do not have to be worn while in the water.


POSTED Wednesday, July 1, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.

The Douglas County Public Health Officer has issued at mandatory mask order for all indoor, public spaces, where social distancing  (6 feet of separation) is not possible. The order is in effect today and will continue until further notice. 

Please see full details below.

The City of Eudora will require all staff and visitors to wear masks in accordance with the order. Those without a mask will not be permitted to enter City buildings. 


POSTED Monday, June 29, 2020 @ 3:00 a.m. 

The Douglas County Public Health Department has just released a health order requiring masks in indoor public spaces beginning on Wednesday, July 1 @ Midnight. Please see the full details below:

LAWRENCE – People will be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces where six feet of separation is not possible — including businesses, workplaces and public facilities such as community centers or libraries — in Douglas County beginning 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, according to a new local health order issued Monday. 

“Unfortunately, we have seen a steady increase of cases in recent weeks, including localized outbreaks and more than 30 new cases over the past weekend — numbers we had not experienced locally during the pandemic,” said Douglas County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino. “Wearing masks and cloth face coverings is based on sound science that shows this practice will help slow the spread and decrease the transmission of COVID-19.” 

Similar to other recent health orders issued in other states and counties, the order requires: 

  • Individuals to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth when in a public, indoor space, including a retail store or grocery store, workplace and public facilities such as a community center or library.
  • Masks should be carefully positioned over the mouth and nose and in a manner to avoid touching or readjusting the mask until it is removed.
  • Masks are not required inside solitary, enclosed workspaces, like an individual’s solitary office.
  • Masks are not required when eating or drinking, but individuals should remain socially distanced and wear a mask before and following eating.  

The order also allows for exemptions from wearing masks among: 

  • People who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Children younger than five years old.
    • Children younger than two should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation. 
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering. 

“We want to set ourselves up to be in a better place when school starts back in August. We need to slow the spread now,” Marcellino said. “It is important for everyone to follow this important and effective public health measure of wearing a mask in indoor spaces where proper social distancing is not possible.” 

Anyone with questions about compliance of a public health order can email phorders@ldchealth.org, where LDCPH staff will follow up on specific complaints. 

“We are asking for compliance, and we are grateful for the individuals who have been wearing them and the businesses in our community who have been requiring masks so far in indoor spaces,” Director Dan Partridge said. “As we continue to work together, we believe this order will help as people do more to protect their neighbors and community by wearing masks.” 

Douglas County remains in Phase 3 of the county’s Smart & Safe Reopening Plan through July 5.  As part of Phase 3, mass gatherings of more than 45 individuals are prohibited. All businesses, activities and venues, including swimming pools, have been able to open in this phase provided they can meet requirements including maintaining at least six feet of social distance between individuals or groups.

Marcellino said because a majority of recent cases seem to stem from social gatherings and bar environments, the county’s COVID-19 recovery task force will make a decision before the end of the week about any potential changes to requirements in Phase 3.   

Through 2 p.m., June 29, Douglas County has 157 COVID-19 cases (89 individuals have recovered) since its first lab-confirmed case on March 17, including 33 new cases since Friday. As of Monday morning, LMH Health had one inpatient positive for COVID-19, and Marcellino said while disease investigators are seeing a majority of the new cases among people younger than 30 who are generally healthier and don’t need to be hospitalized, it is important to keep them from exposing those who might be more vulnerable. 

“We have seen some bright spots locally as long-term care facilities have instituted preventive and widespread testing to so far keep cases among our vulnerable population isolated and much lower than many other communities have experienced,” Director of Informatics Sonia Jordan said. “The key these next few weeks will be for the younger individuals to practice smart and safe habits to keep from potentially exposing those who might be vulnerable, especially in their workplaces or their parents or grandparents.” 

Other important ways to reduce transmission of COVID-19 are: 

  • Practice social distancing, staying at least 6 feet apart from others when in public or outdoors;
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not immediately available;
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow and avoid touching your face;  • Keep your home and office surfaces clean;  • Stay home as much as possible and keep your circle of contacts small. 
  • Anyone in need of a cloth mask for personal use can submit this form, where the United Way of Douglas County will try to provide you with one. Pick up is Monday and Thursdays from 12-2 p.m. at the United Way, 1307 Massachusetts St.
  • Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health maintains the Coronavirus hotline, 785-856-4343, and there are  options in the community for COVID-19 screening and testing. Always call a healthcare provider to let them know of your symptoms before showing up.

Members of the public can also check douglascountyks.org/coronavirus or ldchealth.org/coronavirus for information about COVID-19 in Douglas County. 


POSTED Monday, June 22, 2020 @ 11:00 a.m.

Douglas County’s Local Health Officer has extended Phase 3 of the county’s Smart & Safe Reopening Plan for two weeks through July 5. The earliest the plan called for moving to Phase Out was today, Monday, June 22, but based on the county’s recent COVID-19 case situation, Dr. Thomas Marcellino has decided to leave Phase 3 restrictions in place with the current local health order.


And the full details for Phase 3 of the statewide plan is here.
You can find information regarding the county’s plan here.

As noted in our previous updates, city facilities have reopened to the public with the required restrictions and precautions in place. The full details are below in the June 9th release. We will keep you updated as the situation evolves over the next two weeks.


POSTED Tuesday, June 9, 2020 @ 3:30 p.m. 

Douglas County’s COVID-19 Recovery Coordination Team adopted Gov. Laura Kelly’s Phase 3 on Monday, June 8 in a local health order to keep continuity in the local Smart and Safe: Reopening Douglas County plan. The local health order was issued by Douglas County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino and took effect at 12:01 AM Monday, June 8th.


Starting June 8, municipal buildings will be open to the public. City Hall will be opened regular hours. Residents and visitors should expect to see some changes when they come to City Hall. Some of these changes include:


  • Only one employee will be assisting customers in the lobby to allow six feet of space between customers.
  • Hand sanitation station has been added for customer safety.
  • Signage has been placed directing citizens how to enter and exit the building to minimize contact with other citizens.
  • There will be no cash back on cash transaction until further notice, but credits will be placed on the account towards future bills.
  • Restrooms will be closed to the public until further notice.


Updates to City Services

City Hall 

Access to City Hall is open to the public – You can continue to contact City Hall via phone or through our website if you need services.

Phone - 785-542-2153, option 3

The following city services are still available online or by phone:

The following city services are no longer suspended:

  • Special Event Permits

Office of Building, Planning & Codes

Access to the Codes Office is open to the public – you can continue to contact the codes office via phone, email, or through our website if you need their services.

The following services are still available via request by phone, email or through the website:

Building Inspections

  • All inspections will be conducted in-person
  • Virtual Residential Inspections will no longer be conducted.
  • Plan Review
  • Codes Violations / Citizen Reports / Complaints
  • General Building Codes / Code Enforcement Inquiries - call or email or stop by the office

Public Safety Building

Access to the Public Safety Building (Police, Fire, Municipal Court) is open to the public.  Please note that you can still contact the appropriate department by phone or email:

The following city services are still available via phone, email, or online

The following services are no longer suspended:

  • Fingerprinting

Public Works Building / Yard

Access to the public works office, buildings, and yard is open to the public by appointment only until further notice - please contact public works via phone or email:

  • Public Works
  • All public works operations remain open and functioning as normal, 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

Parks and Recreation

  • Full details on Parks and Recreation reopening may be found here.

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.

CDBG_CV Explainer Opens in new window

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

ATTENTION EUDORA BUSINESSES!!!

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
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73344027075?pwd=STVrYnYvNldkNis4OE9ZUW16a2l4dz09

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.