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July 16, 2020


LOCAL

Wal-Mart Mask Requirement

Walmart and Sam's Club have announced that customers will soon be required to wear masks or face coverings when entering any of their stores. The new requirement will take effect Monday, July 20 across the U.S. Walmart, plans to have a "Health Ambassador" stationed at the entrance of their stores to remind customers without a mask about the new requirements. According to the announcement, Walmart is "currently considering different solutions" for mask-less customers.


Prowers County COVID Update

Currently, Prowers County has 40 confirmed cases of Coronavirus, 2 hospitalizations, and zero deaths. Cases have increased by 7 since July 8th. 1 Documented outbreak has occurred at the Lamar McDonald’s with 1 case and 10 associated cases, no customers have been linked. Prowers County Public Health and Environment is working with the school board and the local fair board to create safer environments for students and residents. Individuals who are tested are asked to stay home and remain isolated for the required time. For questions on the most recent Prowers county COVID-19 update, call 336-8721.


Lamar Fire and Emergency Services

Lamar Fire and Emergency Services shares information on pet fire safety, to avoid house fires. It is important to ensure pets are not left unattended near an open flame as pets naturally try to investigate. Pet proof your home to check for potential fire hazards such as flammable liquids and loose power cords. When leaving pets home alone, keep them in a room near a window or door where firefighters can easily see them in the event of an emergency. These tips were brought to you by Lamar Fire and Emergency Services.


STATE

Kansas Draft for School Openings

Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday she will issue a new executive for the State (7 sec) The governor said her decision is based on the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas. She said public health experts have been clear that large, indoor gatherings are the quickest way to spread the virus. The governor said she will issue another executive order requiring the recommendations approved by the Kansas Board of Education to be mandatory guidelines that school districts follow as they move forward. Governor Kelly said masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and daily temperature checks will be enforced regardless of the county the school is in.


Denver COVID-19 Variances

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is putting a temporary halt to its requests for coronavirus restriction variances. (14 Sec) Hancock told reporters yesterday he had concerns about recent spikes in coronavirus cases and wants to avoid shutting things down again. The mayor says it's important for people to keep wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene, and social distancing. He also pressed other communities to implement mask orders saying it's a good policy. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says communities outside Denver need to start doing more to stop the spread of coronavirus like a face-covering order.


2020 Kansas State Fair

Kansas State Fair organizers have officially decided to cancel the Kansas 2020 state fair. Tickets purchased for this year's fair will still be honored during the 2021 fair in September. “We are in the process of rescheduling all our Nex-Tech Wireless concerts and events for September 2021,” said the fair’s Marketing Director Amy Bickel. “Your 2020 concert tickets will be good for next year.” That includes any gate admission tickets, packages, food tickets and ride sheet purchased this year.

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