Coronavirus update for Marshall County: May 14

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Blue Rapids' 150th

Blue Rapids’ 150th celebration committee has decided to postpone the event until July 4, 2021.

“This decision did not come easy but we would rather err on the side of caution,” said committee member Georgena Lindquist. “So keep watching the Facebook Blue Rapids 150th celebration page for other updates and I hope to keep posting some pictures, I hope others will too. Stay safe and healthy.”

The celebration was slated for Fourth of July weekend but was postponed until next year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Good Shepherd Lutheran School graduation

Good Shepherd Lutheran School in Marysville will have a drive-through commencement from 6:30 to 7 p.m. May 20.

Honored will be kindergarten and eighth-grade graduates.

The graduates and their families will remain in vehicles parked at the school to celebrate this milestone in their lives.

Well-wishers are invited to drive through and celebrate their success. Everyone is invited — family, friends, neighbors.

Vehicles should enter through the south driveway, honk and wave to the graduates, circle the building and exit through the north driveway.

Governor adds phase 1.5

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced a new phase on Thursday for the “Ad Astra: Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new 1.5 Phase, effective Monday, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.

“The good news is that hospitalizations and COVID-related deaths continue to decline, enabling us to move forward with our efforts to safely reopen Kansas,” said Kelly. “Unfortunately, the daily rate of disease spread has not shown the downward trajectory necessary to move fully into Phase 2. I said from the beginning that public safety must remain the top priority, which means that our reopening efforts must be driven by data, not dates. Phase 1.5 will continue our transition, but with necessary caution.”

Key Phase 1.5 highlights:

• Mass gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited;

• Nail salons, barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may open, but only for pre-scheduled appointments or online check-in;

• Fitness centers and health clubs may open, but in-person group classes may not occur and locker rooms must be closed except as necessary to use restroom facilities.

• In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies may occur with no more than 10 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time as long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained. Outdoor drive-through graduation ceremonies during which no more than 10 individuals are in the same area outside of their vehicles at a time (i.e. school administration, graduate, family members, etc.) are allowed. 

Under Phase 1.5, the following, unless they are repurposed for use in an essential function under the Kansas Essential Function Framework, shall remain closed to the public:

• Bars and night clubs, excluding already operating curbside and carryout services;

• Non-tribal Casinos;

• Theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces (trampoline parks, arcades, etc.);

• Community centers;

• Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with capacity of 2,000 or more;

• Fairs, festivals, carnivals, parades;

• Swimming pools (other than backyard pools);

• Organized sports facilities, sports tournaments, sports games, and sports practices; and

• Summer camps.

The governor will evaluate the state’s disease spread, testing rates, death rates, hospitalizations, ability of state and local public health authorities to contain outbreaks and conduct contact tracing, and personal protective equipment availability when determining if the state should move to the next phase.

Regardless of phase, the state health officer retains the authority to impose additional public health interventions in any area that contains an emergent and significant public health risk.

Throughout all phases, Kansans should continue to adhere to hygiene and social distancing protocols, including:

• Washing hands frequently, while avoiding contact with one’s face;

• Remaining home when sick or running a fever;

• Following isolation and quarantine orders issued by state or local health officers;

• Wearing a cloth face mask when in public;

• Working remotely, if possible. 

Kelly’s “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas,” is available in full at, in addition to industry-specific guidance for Kansas businesses.