Category: Education

St. Francis Swim Lesson Registration

St. Francis Aquatic Park is happy to announce its 2023 Swim Lesson schedule.

Swim lessons are offered by instructor, Morgan Sherlock, and certified by the American Red Cross.

There will be two swim lesson sessions offered for $35 per participant per session.

Session 1: June 12th-16 and June 19th-23rd

Session 2: July 10th-14th and 17th-21st

Please call or text Morgan Sherlock at (785) 772-7014 for additional registration information. Informational Flyer and Registration Application attached.

Story Hour @ the Library

St. Francis Public Library would like to invite children up to Pre-K, to join them the 1st and 3rd Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm – 4:20pm, starting in April, for Story Hour, lead by Terri Finley. The library will have stories to read, crafts to do, and snacks for the children. It is asked that parents with children 2 years of age or younger, remain with your children during the activities. If you would like further information or sign up your child, please contact the St. Francis Library @ 785-332-3292. 

You may also download the flyer with information from the link below.×1024.png

Violation of Stay at Home Orders – Information from the Cheyenne County Health Department

Violation of Stay at Home Orders

March 31, 2020

Violations of the statewide Stay at Home order is a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $2500 or both.  It can also include up to two years of probation.

Executive Orders executed by the Governor have the force of law. The penalties associated with a violation of said order are found in K.S.A. 48-939. Law Enforcement has the jurisdiction to enforce under K.S.A. 22-2401 and 22-2401(a). 

Executive Order 20-16 under 9(a) states “Law enforcement officers enforcing this order should use their discretion and consider the totality of the circumstances as they determine appropriate enforcement action.”  

As complaints are made, those will be reviewed by the Cheyenne County Sheriff and the Cheyenne County Health Department. 

If a violation is determined, then the appropriate paperwork will be provided to the County Attorney for prosecution. A violation of an Executive Order is a Class A Misdemeanor.

Covid -19 Coronavirus Prevención y tratamiento


En la actualidad no existe una vacuna para prevenir la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). La mejor forma de prevenir la enfermedad es evitar la exposición a este virus. Sin embargo, como recordatorio, los CDC siempre recomiendan medidas preventivas cotidianas para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de enfermedades respiratorias. Estas medidas incluyen:

  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas enfermas.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
  • Quedarse en casa si está enfermo.
  • Cubrirse la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo desechable al toser o estornudar y luego botarlo a la basura.
  • Limpiar y desinfectar los objetos y las superficies que se tocan frecuentemente, usando un producto común de limpieza de uso doméstico en rociador o toallita.
  • Seguir las recomendaciones de los CDC sobre el uso de mascarillas.
    • Los CDC no han hecho recomendaciones para que las personas que no están enfermas usen mascarillas para protegerse de enfermedades respiratorias, incluso del COVID-19.
  • Lávese las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón por al menos 20 segundos, especialmente después de ir al baño, antes de comer, y después de sonarse la nariz, toser o estornudar.
    • Si no cuenta con agua ni jabón, use un desinfectante de manos que contenga al menos un 60 % de alcohol. Lávese las manos siempre con agua y jabón si están visiblemente sucias.

Para obtener información sobre la higiene de las manos, consulte el sitio web de los CDC sobre el lavado de las manos.

Para obtener información específica para el área de atención médica, consulte el sitio web de los CDC sobre la higiene de las manos en entornos de atención médica (en inglés).

Estos son hábitos cotidianos que pueden ayudar a prevenir la propagación de varios virus. Los CDC tienen directrices específicas para los viajeros (en inglés).

Información para viajeros


No hay un tratamiento antiviral específico que se recomiende para el COVID-19. Las personas con el COVID-19 deben recibir cuidados de apoyo para ayudar a aliviar los síntomas. En los casos graves, el tratamiento debe incluir atención médica para apoyar el funcionamiento de los órganos vitales.

Las personas que creen que podrían haber estado expuestas al COVID-19 deben comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica de inmediato.

Vea la Guía interina para profesionales de atención médica (en inglés) para obtener información sobre las personas que están bajo investigación.

Información para profesionales de la salud

COVID-19 How To Protect Yourself

Covid-19   How to Protect Yourself

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

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Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

Complete disinfection guidance

 For more information:

COVID-19 Information for Public Health

Title: COVID-19 Information for Public Health
By: TABETHA KETZNER, Health Department Administrator

Category: Education, Health & Wellness

Article: COVID-19 Information for Public Health

The Cheyenne County Health Department works closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to monitor people at risk for infection. At this time, the people with highest risk for COVID-19 are those traveling from China or people who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. As of February 26, 15 COVID-19 cases have been identified in the United States (12 travelers from China, 2 close contacts of travel-associated cases, and 1 case with no known exposure). All cases, including the one with no known exposure, have been identified through public health screening and monitoring systems. An additional 42 cases in the U.S. were repatriated from Wuhan, China or from the Diamond Princess Cruise ship.

If an individual is identified at risk for COVID-19 but is not currently ill, the individual would be required to remain at home for 14 days. They would be asked to watch for COVID-19 symptoms (fever of 100.4⁰F or greater, cough, shortness of breath) and take their temperature daily. The individual would need to contact the health department and their healthcare provider to receive laboratory testing. At that time, the health department would work with the individual to identify any close contacts at risk for disease exposure. All of their close contacts would be required to remain at home for 14 days after last exposure or until laboratory test results are negative.

The Cheyenne County Health Department is working closely with Emergency Management and community partners to keep our kids and community safe while making sure we are ready to respond if needed.

Health Department: 785-332-2381

Sandy Barber, RN
Tiffany Ochsner, RN
Candi Douthit, RN
Tabetha Ketzner, Administrator

Small Business Workshops To Be Offered

Interested in Starting a Business or New To The Business World?

The Cheyenne County Development Corporation in conjunction with the Kansas Small Business Development Center from Fort Hays State University are offering two introductory business workshops on Thursday, June 27, 2019:

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.      Idea to Enterprise

An introduction to starting a business for entrepreneurs and anyone thinking about launching a new business. This workshop covers the 5 phases of starting a business and what it takes to make this important step. Also covered are some of the top 20 reasons that startups fail and how to prevent it.

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.      3M (Money, Marketing, Management)

An introduction to the basics of money, marketing, and management for entrepreneurs and anyone looking for a refresher! Learn about sources of funding and what good credit looks like. Understand the importance of marketing and why it is relevant. Dive into a better understanding of managing a business.

These No-Cost presentations are delivered by Rick Feltenberger, Regional Director of the Kansas SBDC at Fort Hays State University. Rick is a serial entrepreneur and Fortune 500 executive with rich experience and deep background in starting, funding, and operating businesses. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Pre-registration is required in order to have proper space for everyone.

Register at prior to June 20, 2019 with name, address, phone number, e-mail, and the workshop(s) you wish to attend.

The seminars will be held in St. Francis and you will be notified of the location on or before June 24, 2019.

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