Morton County, Kansas 1025 Morton St., Elkhart, KS 67950-1116 Phone 1-800-697-4807

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COVID-19 Recourses

Morton County Health Department; Phone:  (620) 697-2612;   Fax:  (620) 697-2790; Address:  625 Colorado, Elkhart, KS 67950; Office Hours:  8:00am - 4:00pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; Wednesday:  8:00am to Noon; 2nd Monday of the Month: 10:00am to 6:00pm; Open During Lunch

Health Advisories Regarding COVID-19

COVID-19 Food Safety FAQ (03-23-2020)
Grocery Store Food Safety    Drive Thru & Delivery Food Safety

If you feel you have traveled to a HIGH RISK area, do not report to the Morton County Hospital or Morton County Medical Clinic...but instead call the Morton County Health Department to screen your areas of travel.

COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire for Travelers (03-28-2020)

COVID 19 Cuestionario de exploración, Actualizado 28/03/2020 ¡Para viajeros recientes!

Kansas Executive Order (04-08-2020)

Kansas Executive Order No. 20-18, temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 people to limit the spread of COVID-19 and rescinding Executive Order 20-14, expanding the state’s stay-home order to includes churches and other religious organizations as well as funerals.Executive Order 20-18

Please Wear Mask in Public (04-06-2020)

New signs being posted per recommendations by Dr. Caga-anan.  You should see them around town (grocery story, PO, DG, Lumber Yard, Gem Dandy, UPumpIt, Richfield, Rolla Cornerstop) and on social media.  Please help to demonstrate this if you go out in public as well.
Wear Mask Notice
DIY Cloth Face Covering Instructions
Use máscaras en aviso público
Uso de cubiertas de tela para la cara para ayudar a desacelerar la propagación del COVID-19

First case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) identified in Morton County (04-06-2020)
Primer caso de enfermedad por coronavirus (COVID-19) identificado en el Condado de Morton (04-06-2020)

Press Release from the Morton County Health Department
Comunicado de prensa del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Morton

KDHE adds Connecticut to travel quarantine list (04-06-2020)

Updated Trave Quarantine List

Special Notices (04-01-2020)

Morton County Health Department Memo to Simplify Recent Executive Order (03-29-2020)

Health Department Memo to Simplify Executive Order

Kansas Stay At Home Executive Orders (03-28-2020)

As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order.  It will exist in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30.  The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19.  Find the full Press Release at

Stay At Home EO20-16  Kansas Essential Function Framework EO20-15

Special Notices (03-27-2020)

KDHE adds Colorado and Louisiana to to travel quarantine list Click here to see further information

Stevens County, KS has 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 Read the Special Notice from the Stevens County Health Department

Baca County, Colorado has 1 confirmed case of COVID-19 Read the Special Notice from Baca County Public Health Agency

Udate 03-23-2020

KDHE is now mandating 14-day home quarantine for Kansans who have:  Traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23rd, 2020.

Udate 03-21-2020

KDHE is now MANDATING a 14 day quarantine for Kansans who have traveled to California, Florida, New York, Washington State and the Colorado Counties of: Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, and Gunnison.  The Mandate also includes traveling Internationally on or after March 15th, 2020.   Please share this information with friends and family so everyone is aware of the proper community safety protocols.  Please contact the Morton County Health Department at 697-2612 if you have traveled to any of the areas listed.

Update 3-18-2020

Quarantine and Isolation Recommendations for travelers, close contacts, etc. updated 3/18/20 (see details attached)

--Important Community Update--  (03/16/2020)

Do note key community partners were notified earlier today and we are now spreading this out to the Public.

We (Morton County Emergency Manager, Morton County Health Officer and Morton County Local Board of Health in coordination with Morton County Health Systems Chief of Medical Staff) are now endorsing the recommendations of KDHE:  Effective immediately, no mass gatherings of 50 people or more until further notice.

#MCHDCOVID19  #MCHDEMCOVID19   #PreventTheSpread   #Bestill

Morton County KS Emergency Management
Morton County Health Department

The Morton County Health Department, Morton County Emergency Services, Morton County Health System, Morton County KS Emergency Management, Morton County Public Information Officer, Morton County Senior Living Community, and Local Board of Health are working together to ensure the healthcare teams are prepared for the potential of a suspected "Coronavirus"/COVID-19 patient.

We have been actively engaged in conference calls, stakeholder meetings, and collaborating with each other to optimally meet the needs of Morton County.  At this time, we do NOT have any cases in Morton County.  We feel confident in our established Public Health Emergency Preparedness plans and are working hard to stay attune to the ever-evolving COVID-19 and all that it entails.  If we have any cases in our county, we will handle them per guidance and established protocols from our Emergency Operations Plans in coordination with KDHE and KDEM.

Morton County KS Emergency Management and Morton County Health Department would like to critically stress that it is IMPERATIVE that if you are SICK or experiencing ILLNESS for ANY reason, please stay home*!!

*Not because of coronavirus but because it is ALWAYS the RIGHT thing to do.

You can also direct them to monitor the latest updates in Kansas at

Quarantine Recommendations (3-15-2020)
recomendaciones para la cuarentena

What is COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)?

The 2019 novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, is a virus strain that was newly identified at the end of 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and death in some people.

What symptoms should I be alert to?

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

Reduce the Spread

Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Kansas Deprtment of Health & Envirnment COVID-19 Resource Center

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention COVID-19 Information