Rice County Covid-19 Update

For more detailed Rice County information, including the Courthouse Containment Plan, visit our Rice County COVID-19 page.

For business resources, 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

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective March 30, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. until at least April 19, 2020. Executive Order #20-16 may be viewed here.

The Rice County Courthouse is closed to the public. Courthouse offices will be staffed and ready to respond to essential functions, but are taking measures to prevent direct physical contact between employees and the public requesting services. Department phone numbers may be found here. Call them to get instructions on how to proceed with services needed. Drop box instructions for the Treasurer's Department may be found here.

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.

  • Any activities that will involve 50 or more people should be cancelled or postponed at least 8 weeks.
  • It is recommended that you do not get together in groups larger than 10 people. 
  • WASH, WASH, WASH your hands. Hand sanitizer is important but should only be used a couple of times before you WASH your hands with soap and water.
  • 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.
Please practice good hygiene with frequent hand washing, proper respiratory etiquette such as coughing and sneezing into your elbow bend, limit handshakes and physical contact. Stay home if you are feeling ill and call your primary care physician to discuss your symptoms. Care about others enough to sacrifice a few days at home to protect them.