A Message from the Mayor's Office regarding COVID-19
As you know, the state of Kansas, and the nation, is currently dealing with the novel coronavirus and its attendant disease (COVID-19). Today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) confirmed the existence of three additional COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, all males who recently attended a conference in Florida and who are now under isolation protocol. As of now, we are not aware of any confirmed community transmission of the disease locally; however, I want to assure you that the City of Gardner is in direct and constant communication with local, state, and federal resources to have the most up-to-date information possible.
Today, City Staff met to go over our internal plans of action in the event of a local outbreak. Those actions could include closing City Hall to all but essential personnel, suspending or canceling non-critical meetings, and having staff work from home. City operations will continue to go forward as planned.
For now, the City Council meetings on March 16 and April 6, and the State of the City Address on April 7, are scheduled to go on as planned. Gardner Parks and Recreation is monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation closely with regard to spring sports programs and activities. However, be assured that the City will do whatever is necessary to safeguard its citizens and visitors in the event of any local outbreak, and we are prepared to suspend or cancel any or all of these events and activities if circumstances warrant.
In the meantime, I want to remind all of you of the CDC's guidelines regarding COVID-19 infection prevention (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html):
1) Wash your hands frequently (particularly after going to the restroom and before and after meals) with soap and water.
2) Use hand sanitizer before and after touching any common surfaces.
3) Refrain from touching your face or rubbing your eyes or nose. If you need to cough or sneeze, use the inside of your elbow if a tissue is not readily available, and immediately wash or sanitize your hands afterward.
4) Stay away from public gatherings, particularly if you are frail or elderly.
5) Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
6) STAY HOME if you are ill, and ONLY contact medical personnel if your condition includes a high fever accompanied by shortness of breath and a persistent, dry cough.
Lastly, I wanted to personally thank all of those in the community and around the region for their prompt, proactive responses to the virus. With continued proactive steps and prudent measures to limit COVID-19's spread, we will be able to navigate the current situation with minimal negative impacts.