Rice County Covid-19 Update

For more detailed information, visit our Rice County COVID-19 page or the Kansas COVID-19 site.

RE-OPENING PLANS for Kansas and Rice County 
For BUSINESS RESOURCES, click here
For questions regarding ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, click here

Current local, state and national COVID-19 updates may be found at the following sites:
Rice County Health Department Facebook 
Executive Orders- Kansas Governor
KDHE COVID-19 updates
CDC Coronavirus 
Live Science: U.S. Coronavirus Map
World Health Organization: Coronavirus

Helpful advice and information:

15 days to slow the spread
KDHE Family Action Plan

KDHE If you're sick with COVID-19
KDHE Reduce the Spread
CORONAVIRUS vs. COLD vs. FLU vs. ALLERGIES


The Rice County Courthouse will open to the public starting Monday, May 18, 2020. View the Courthouse Reopen Plan.

It is the goal of the Rice County Health Department to inform the public of any positive cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, in coordination with State and local health officials.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • It is recommended to cover your mouth and nose with a cloth mask in public. Learn about children and masks.
  • WASH, WASH, WASH your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Hand sanitizer is important but should only be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily -- including phones, keyboards, doorknobs, handles and light switches – with an EPA-registered disinfectant.
  • The health department does NOT provide you with sanitizer, toilet paper, or other products.
  • If you feel sick, STAY AT HOME. Do NOT go to the emergency room unless you have a real emergency.
    • Call your doctor.
    • If you need further assessment or lab testing, your doctor will tell you.
  • If you are asked to self-quarantine:
    • STAY AT HOME. This is not a suggestion. This is for PUBLIC SAFETY. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 your own symptoms might be mild. However, if you infect a more fragile person, you could cause them to become very sick or even die.
Currently, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is recommending a 14-day mandatory home quarantine for people in Kansas who have:
  • Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission.
    • Maryland on or after May 12
    • Massachusetts and Rhode Island on or after April 30
    • Connecticut on or after April 6
    • Illinois and New Jersey on or after March 23
    • New York on or after March 15
  • Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15. People who have previously been told by public health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finished out their quarantine.
  • Traveled internationally on or after March 15. People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran should finish out their quarantine.
  • Continue quarantining if you received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Those who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 due to travel should monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including checking for a fever of 100.4 (F) or higher at least twice per day and monitoring for lower respiratory symptoms including cough or shortness of breath. Use Daily Medical Monitoring Log for 14-day quarantine period. If symptoms develop during that time, notify your healthcare provider.