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

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!

The COVID19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy for Kansas

COVID-19 Fact Sheet (01/27/21)
Morton County COVID-19 Vaccine Information (12-22-2020)
Expected Vaccine Availability Status to Population Group

Special News Release from the Morton County Health Department

(07-06-2020) - On Monday June 29, 2020, Governor Kelly announced that she would be releasing an Executive Order requiring the majority of Kansans to wear a mask while in public spaces. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, The Morton County Local Board of Health met in consultation with the Morton County Emergency Manager and Public Health Officer in anticipation of this order to address the many questions and concerns from our community in regards to how this would affect our county and determined that with the current numbers and history of COVID19 cases in Morton County, that the mandatory requirements of wearing a face mask in public would not be enforced at this time. Click Here for Full Press Release

(06-02-2020) - The MORTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (MCHD) has been actively working in conjunction with Frontline Management to test and trace all residents and staff of the Morton County Senior Living Community (MCSLC) in Elkhart as well as any affected staff at the Morton County Hospital (MCH).  Click Here for Full Press Release

Morton County COVID-19 Updates

Morton County COVID-19 update 03/26/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 03/12/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 02/26/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 02/12/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 02/02/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 01/27/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 01/20/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 01/13/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 01/04/2021
Morton County COVID-19 update 12/10/2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 12/04/2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11/25/2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11/18/2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11-11-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11-06-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11-04-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 11-03-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-30-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-28-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-26-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-23-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-22-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-21-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-18-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-16-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-07-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-06-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-05-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 10-01-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 09-30-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 09-28-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 09-23-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 09-16-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 09-11-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 08-13-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 07-18-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 06-19-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 06-19-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 05-22-2020
Morton County COVID-19 update 05-22-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 05-15-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 05-10-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 05-08-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 05-01-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 04-26-2020
Morton County COVID-19 Update 04-24-2020

Update 05-26-2020

KDHE recommends self-quarantine for Kansans who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks  KDHE press release

Govenor Kelly Press Release 05-26-2020
State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation, signed May 26, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-35, temporarily expanding telemedicine and addressing certain licensing requirements to facilitate economic recovery and prevent future outbreaks of COVID-19.
Executive Order No. 20-36, drivers’ license and vehicle registration and regulation during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-37, allowing certain deferred tax deadlines and payments during the state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-38, temporary relief from certain unemployment insurance requirements during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-39, extending professional and occupational licenses during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-40, temporarily allowing notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video communication technology during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-41, Licensure, Certification, and Registration for persons and Licensure of “Adult Care Homes” during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-42, temporarily suspending certain rules relating to sale of alcoholic beverages during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-43, temporary relief from certain restrictions concerning shared work programs during state of disaster emergency.
Executive Order No. 20-44, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations during state of disaster emergency.

Implementing Phase 2 - EO 20-34 (05/21/2020)

Reopening FAQ 05/20/2020
Executive Order 20-34

Updates 05/19/2020

Governor Kelly moves Kansas into modified Phase 2 To keep Kansans safe, details in Phases 2 and 3 amended.
Press Release
AdAstra Update 5.19
Reopening FAQ 5/19/2020
Kansas Recreation and Parks Association Reopening guidelines that will define sports, indoor leisure activities, etc. further for Modified Phase 2

Safe Memorial Day Guidance COVID-19 (05/19/2020)

The guidance and requirements listed below are derived from Governor Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Reopening Plan. Local units of government may impose additional restrictions on activities, businesses, and venues as necessary to protect the public health of their communities. Individuals should always consult with their local units of government for any additional questions and comply with local restrictions.  Safe Memorial Day Guidance

Governor Kelly adds new phase to “Ad Astra” plan Kelly:  COVID-19 metrics indicate progress, but caution still needed.

EO 20-32  This afternoon, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly signed Executive Order 20-32, which establishes a new phase to the “Ad Astra:  Plan to Reopen Kansas.” The new “1.5” Phase, effective May 18, 2020, continues reopening efforts while preserving some data-driven restrictions necessary to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.
Re-Open Kansas Framework v5.2
Implementing Phase 1.5 of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS”
Summary Page for 1.5 Phase


Re-Opening Frequently Asked Questions

Just a little Back to the Basics reminder as we headed into Phase 1

Back to Basics 2
Back To Basics

Stay Informed!! (04-30-2020)
Governor Kelly's Plan to Re-open Kansas

Kansas Governor, Laura Kelly, to Unveil her administration's Official plan to Re-open Kansas in phases.

COVID19/20-28 Guidance - EO Extensions v2
EO 20-28 - Reissuing and Extending Certain EOs
Executive Order No. 20-29, implementing Phase One of “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS State of Emergency Proclamation
Re-Open Kansas Executive Summary
Re-Open Kansas Frame Work
Business Guidance (05-01-2020)

Travel Related Quarantine Guidelines

Updated 05-12-2020
Updated 04-30-20

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

Governor announces state’s new COVID-19 website

Governor Laura Kelly on Monday announced the launch of a new and comprehensive State of Kansas website for resources regarding COVID-19.

The site,, is a centralized place for Kansans seeking resources and up-to-date information, as the state responds to, and recovers from damage done by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The site is ADA compliant, mobile optimized and will be available in Spanish.  Click Here for Full Press Release

Kansas Guide to COVID 19 for Caregivers and Parents

KANSAS RESOURCE GUIDE FOR CAREGIVERS Caring for your family during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chronic Disease and COVID-19: What You Need to Know Tips and information to protect yourself and your family
Exercising Outdoors Safety
Maintaining Positive Mental Health During COVID-19
Help Prevent the Spread

Updates 04-23-2020

Executive Order No. 20-26, providing temporary relief from certain restrictions and requirements governing the provision of medical services.

Executive Order No. 20-27, temporarily suspending certain rules relating to the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Updates 04-22-2020

Consumer Dental Care During COVID-19 Pandemic:  Click Here for More Information  Haga clic aquí para español
Travel Related Quarantine Table (04-06-2020)  Click Here

Additional Guidance for EO 20-24-1 & EO 20-25-1 (04/18/2020)


Executive Order 20-25

Temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 people to limit the spread of COVID-19 and rescinding Executive Order 20-18.  Click Here for Full Order

Department for Children and Families Announces Hero Relief Program

Program provides child care subsidies to eligible health care workers, first responders and other essential workers.  Click Here for further information.

Governor Kelly Extends Stay-At-Home Order Until May 3rd, 2020

Executive Order No. 20-24, extending Executive Order No. 20-16 to May 3, 2020.   Executive Order No. 20-24

Second case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) confirmed in Morton County (04-16-2020)

The MORTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (MCHD) is announcing a second case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was confirmed in Morton County on April 15, 2020.  Governor Laura Kelly's Stay Home orders are still in place and have been extended to May 3, 2020.  Please continue to adhere to the following recommendations: Click Here for Full Press Release

REVISED COVID-19 Guidance - Essential Activities and Essential Functions (Updated April 15, 2020)

REVISED COVID-19 Guidance 20-16-1 April 11, 2020 (Updated April 15, 2020)Essential Activities and Essential Functions

Updates 04/13/2020

First case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovered, no new cases identified in Morton County.
Executive Order No. 20-22, extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Orders (04-09-2020)

Executive Order No. 20-19, extending professional and occupational licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Executive Order No. 20-20, temporarily allowing notaries and witnesses to act via audio-video communication technology.
Executive Order No. 20-21, suspending the issuance of general nonresident spring 2020 turkey permits.

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