Thursday, April 02, 2020

Kansas Statewide Stay Home Order

The Governor just announced that she is establishing a statewide "stay at home" order that will be
in effect from Monday, March 30th through at least Sunday, April 19th. While the goal is
to limit interaction as much as possible, the order does exempt a number of necessary activities:

• Travel to work at an essential business
• Trips to get supplies like food and medicine
• Travel to get medical care
• Travel that’s necessary to care for a child, family member, pet…
• Exercising outdoors (as long as you stay in groups of less than 10 and maintain social distancing)

EDITED:  If you're wondering about the definition of an "essential business," she is using the list 
of "Essential Functions" that was established in order 20-15. However, in the latest order,
she adds a lot more explanations and examples that makes it easier to tell what falls under
those functions. Also, the state has set up an email address to field questions from people
who are not sure if they are in an essential business or not: (

The full order can be found on the Office of the Governor’s Executive Orders web page: 


First case of coronavirus disease 

(COVID-19) identified in Ottawa County

Dear Ottawa County Residents,

The Ottawa County Health Department received notification today confirming our first positive case of COVID-19 in the county. We are working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment during this time.

The individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable. The Ottawa County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient.

Our goal continues to prevent and limit exposure to our population. We ask that residents continue to practice social distancing and per Governor Kelly’s order limit all gathering to no more than 10 people.

If you develop respiratory symptoms (i.e. cough, fever, shortness of breath) or are a potential direct contact of someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19:

• Stay at home away from others in the public in order to prevent spreading infection.
• Tylenol is the preferred medication for fever rather than ibuprofen.
• Over-the-counter cough syrup is satisfactory for cough symptoms.
• Keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
• If your symptoms worsen, please call your physician for direction on how best to proceed. ALWAYS CALL before going to any doctor’s office, ER, or clinic. Please inform them of your symptoms when calling.

Most cases can be treated at home with periodic follow-up by phone. Whether it is influenza, COVID-19, or mild bacterial bronchitis the treatment will be the same.

As previously stated, social distancing for everyone means don’t travel! Don’t congregate in local venues.  Don’t shop in family groups where multiple members may be exposed or expose others. Don’t engage in unnecessary commercial transactions or recreational activities if you can’t maintain a degree of social distancing, meaning a group of 10 people or fewer and maintaining separation of 6 feet apart.

Additionally, contact the Ottawa County Health Department at 785-392-2822 to report any travel or a potential exposure with a positive COVID-19 patient. We will be able to provide guidance and education based on the information provided.

Ottawa County residents can stay informed by visiting and the Ottawa County Health Department Facebook page. If you have any questions, please contact the Ottawa County Health Department or visits

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020

Citizens wishing to attend the Ottawa County Commissioner meeting may do so by connecting to  Copy and paste the following URL into your web browser to connect to the meeting: 
This method will be used until the order to open the Courthouse is safe
to the public and our employees.  Thank you.

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, Ottawa County offices will be closed until further notice.  Most department heads have had their phone calls forwarded to their home, so you may still call the specific department you need and talk to someone.  Most key personnel are still working from home.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult and trying time.  It is our obligation to do our share in keeping citizens and employees safe during this time.  

Welcome to the Ottawa County, Kansas 

Government Website 


Ottawa County was established in 1866 deriving its name from the Indians that were native to the region. Located along US-81 six miles north of I-70 in North Central Region of Kansas, Ottawa County consists of 720 square miles. Ottawa County has a population of 6,177 based upon the 2003 census estimate.  The county seat of Ottawa County is the city of Minneapolis. Farming and ranching provide the backbone of the local economy with manufacturing taking advantage of access to availability of two major interstates.

    The Ottawa County Courthouse is open from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday except holidays designated by the Board of County Commissioners. The Treasurer's office stops processing all transactions at 4:30pm. 


Minneapolis/Ottawa County Businesses Operations During Covid 19 Pandemic
Accessible Home Health No Changes at this time
All Smiles Dental Closed 3-20-20 to 3-27-20 Dr Swisher available for emergencies only
American Family Insurance Open as normal
Allen Law Firm Available by phone - appts requested
Auburn Pharmacy Closed to public - Call for Rx and supplies for door pickup
Auto-Tek No Changes at this time
Baptist Church - Minneapolis and Ada services by You Tube
Bennington State Bank Lobby Closed - Drive Thru open - 8-4:30 - Appts available
Branding Iron Bar and Grill, Tescott Will provide meals and deliver to elderly in Tescott without cost - church supported funds
Casey's No dine-in - no self-serve of food items - no personal cups for refills
Central Kansas Mental Health Ctr Services continue - initial appt in person by appt - other appts by videochat of telephonically
Citizens Bank Lobby Closed - Drive Thru open - Appts available
City of Minneapolis Closed to the public as of 3-23-2020 Available by phone, payments by drop box, online, by phone
ComCare Open by appointment only - well visits rescheduled
Daylight Donut No Self-Serve of beverages
Design's Floral Operating with Delivery only - they will call and leave at door
Dollar General Open - Senior shopping 8 - 9 am - Closing at 8 pm
Driver's and Clark Optometrist Open for Emergencies Only
Farm Bureau No Changes at this time Posted that they are available to run errands
Fajitas No Changes at this time
Family Barber No Changes at this time
Farm Service Agency Closed to public - 2 employees present for phone contact - other employees teleworking from home
Gene's Heartland Foods Closing at 8:00 pm daily
G L Huyett Restricting all public access - Admin work from home
Golden Wheel Meals on Wheels only - no dining in facility
Hometown Hardware Store remains open, customers may call for pick up, or come to ice cream window to order, curbside pick-up available
Hometown Outdoor Power No Changes at this time
Hrabe Liquor No Changes at this time
Key Feeds No Changes at this time
Lambert Insurance Open by phone or email only - doors closed to the public
Minneapolis Messenger Open by phone or appointment only - doors closed to the public home, email, or appointment only - door closed to the public
No Place Like Home Quilt Shop Closed through 4-4-2020
OCCK - 81 Connection Bus Regular morning route is running - afternoon limited to Salina/Belleville/Salina route
Ottawa County Courthouse Open by phone or appointment only - doors closed to the public
Ottawa County Hospital Restricted access through front door only - screening required - no visitation
Ottawa County Wellness Center Closed Effective 3-19-2020
Ottawa County Transportation Operating weekdays - limiting number of riders per trip - screening riders as needed rides need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance, but no more than 48 hours
Peno's - Delphos Carry-out and delivery encouraged - limit to 10 patrons
Pizza Hut Closed to Eat-in dining - available for carry-out - delivery to be available
Robertson Monument No Changes at this time
Rock City Burger Closing effective 3-23-2020
Scoular Grain Remaining open - employees will alternate to reduce work-force
Sunflower Veterinary No Changes at this time
Westside Ventures - Bennington Open - phone ordering and carry-out encouraged