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June 24, 2020


LOCAL

High Plains Community Health Center

High Plains Community Health center Operations officer Shae Emmick gives information on Telehealth for resident outpatient care. Residents are encouraged to call 336-0261 for guidance on whether to use telehealth or come into the clinic for an in-person visit. Share goes on to announce that the goal is to keep patience out of waiting rooms to limit possible exposure to Coronavirus.


Lamar Pool

Due to the newly amended public health order from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Lamar swimming pool must return to a limited swimming pool capacity of 50 people per session from the increased capacity of 175. The municipal pool will be open from Sunday-Saturday from 10am-9pm; split up into 5 sessions. Entry has also been reduced back to the original $2. Wristbands will remain unavailable, and entry is at a first come first served basis.These guidelines are subject to change at any time.


Prowers County Funding

The City of Lamar and other Prowers County communities will receive financial funding through the federally originated Cares Act, designed to aid communities impacted by COVID-19. Funding is allowed by way of population with Prowers County set to receive $1,044,201 which will be divided among the six local governmental entities. Lamar’s population, at 63% of the county, entitles the city to receive $592,062. Prowers County will receive $216,150 based on 23% population in an unincorporated area. Wiley will receive $28,193; Granada will receive $37,591; Hartman will receive $9,398 and Holly will receive $56,387. City Administrator, Steve Kil, said the city will return the agreement for action well before the July 7th deadline.



STATE

I-70 Closure

The westbound I-70 off-ramp will close permanently this weekend as the Central 70 project moves forward. Project Director Keith Sefanik says drivers that use that exit will travel across Colorado Boulevard to North 46th Avenue to get onto Steele Street after the old bridge is demolished this weekend. Crews will close I-70 between the Steele/Vasquez interchange and I-270 to complete the work this weekend.



Wichita Businesses

More Wichita restaurants are closing or limiting operations because of increased COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County Health Department reported the biggest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases with 41 new cases and one death. Gov. Laura Kelly ended her statewide phased-in approach to reopening the Kansas economy with mandatory restrictions. The Sedgwick County Commission has opted not to require any measures its public health expert has recommended. The latest hospitalization data shows the number of local COVID-19 patients in hospitals at the end of each week has now more than doubled since all restrictions were lifted.

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