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

man in bed

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

Ordinance No. 621


            WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 2019-4, the governing body of the City of St. Francis, Kansas (the “City”), authorized and provided for a special election in the City for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the City the question of imposing, under K.S.A. 12-187 et seq. (the “Act”), a one percent (1.0%) City-wide sales tax (the “Sales Tax”) for City infrastructure improvements, including streets and payments on bonds issued to finance such improvements (the “Sales Tax Proposition”), with collection of such Sales Tax to commence on April 1, 2020; and 

            WHEREAS, a special question election was held in the City on October 8, 2019, at which time there was submitted to the qualified electors of the City the Sales Tax Proposition, and a majority of the qualified electors of the City voting on this proposition voted in favor thereof; and

            WHEREAS, pursuant to the Act and the results of the aforementioned special election, the governing body of the City deems it necessary and advisable to authorize the levy of the Sales Tax, which Sales Tax will be a general purpose sales tax under the Act.


            SECTION 1.  The levy of the Sales Tax is hereby authorized, with collection of the Sales Tax to commence on April 1, 2020.

            SECTION 2.  The City Clerk, upon passage of this Ordinance, shall provide a certified copy of the same to the State Director of Taxation pursuant to K.S.A. 12-189.

            SECTION 3.  This Ordinance shall be effective upon passage by the governing body, approval and execution by the Mayor and publication once in the official City newspaper.

            PASSED by the governing body of the City of St. Francis, Kansas on November 25, 2019, and APPROVED and SIGNED by the Mayor.

                                                                                                Scott Schultz, Mayor



            Lila L. Whitmore, City Clerk

City of St. Francis Snow Routes

The City of St. Francis Snow Routes are as follows:

  • College Street from Highway 36 to North Street
  • Benton Street from Highway 36 to North Street
  • River Street from Highway 36 to Jackson Street
  • First Street from Quincy Street to Adams Street
  • Quincy Street from Highway 36 to Washington Street
  • Adams Street from First Street to Spencer Street
  • Washington Street from College to Valley (6:00 pm to 7:00 am)

Signs are installed along streets designated as emergency snow routes. If you have questions, please call the Police Department 332-3385, City Hall 332-3142, or the Power Plant 332-3031.

For more information regarding Emergency Snow Routes, reference City Code Chapter 13 Article 5.

Weatherization Assistance Program Offered by North Central Regional Planning Commission

The North Central Regional Planning Commission operates a Weatherization Assistance Program that helps reduce energy costs for low-income households (see maximum income guidelines below) by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety. The 41 counties in the NCRPC service area include: Barton, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Geary, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Jewell, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marshall, Mitchell, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Pottawatomie, Rawlins, Republic, Riley, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wabaunsee, Wallace, Washington, and Wichita. Funding for this program is provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).


Eligibility for the Weatherization Program is based solely on income; verification is required (i.e. paystubs, unemployment, public assistance documents). All weatherization work is done at no cost to the individual resident. If the dwelling is a rental unit, the landlord must sign a landlord release form before any materials will be installed. Homes weatherized since September 30, 1994 are not eligible.

What Weatherization Includes

Weatherization of a home consists of the following:

  • A pre-inspection to determine the amount of work necessary to weatherize the home, in addition to checking heating appliances for safety and efficiency.
  • Furnaces found to be unsafe will be repaired, if possible, or replaced.
  • Infiltration work such as patching foundation, caulking and weatherstripping windows and exterior doors; sealing or replacing broken glass.
  • Wall and attic insulation will be considered. This is dependent upon the condition of wiring, roof condition, the amount of existing insulation, type of wall construction and siding.
  • Gable or roof vents will be installed, as required.
  • A final inspection will be conducted to determine if all the work has been completed.

2019 Weatherization Maximum Income Guidelines

Family Size Income Maximum
1 $24,980
2 $33,820
3 $42,660
4 $51,500
5 $60,340
6 $69,180
7 $78,020
8 $86,860
9 $95,700

How to Apply

To apply for household weatherization call the NCRPC at (800) 432-0303 to receive an application by mail. 

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.

Filing Deadline for Local Office is June 3

The City of St. Francis will have 3 positions up for election in 2019: Mayor, currently held by Scott Schultz and two City Council positions currently held by Roger Jensen and Amanda Milne. Those wanting to file for any of these positions need to do so by June 3 with the Cheyenne County Election Officer Scott Houtman:

  • Email:
  • Hours:     8:00-12:00 1:00-5:00
  • Phone:   785-332-8800
  • Fax:          785-332-8825
  • Address1:              212 E Washington
  • City, State, Zip:    St Francis,  KS  67756

The general election will be held November 5 and those elected will take office on January 13, 2020.

Download the 2019 Candidates Guide at

Big Kansas Road Trip – A Letter From Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation

RE: The BKRT is coming to town!

From: Marci Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation,, 620-585-2374

To the people of Cheyenne, Sherman and Wallace Counties,

It has been so fun promoting the attractions, the people, and the activities for the Big Kansas Road Trip coming up on May 2-5. If you have “Liked” the BKRT Facebook page you’ll see that there is a great deal of interest.

We have a number of purposes for the BKRT. One is to get people to come out to the Great (KS) Northwest to see, do, hear, taste, buy, and learn. But another is to use the showcase counties to get people addicted to exploring Kansas in hopes they’ll continue to visit all parts of the state year-round.

The mission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation is to preserve and sustain rural culture. We write Kansas guidebooks, have a Kansas Explorers Club, and organize (along with county leaders and volunteers) the BKRT because we want to help people get to know rural communities through first-hand experiences.

We asked communities to simply be good at being themselves which means you didn’t really have to do anything extra. Still, so many of you have jumped in to help tell the story of the area with more than 75 activities! It’s kind of like we’re having a tri-county open house and inviting the public to come on over and have a good time.

Without an official count, we think that 500-700 people attended last year. Will we have more this year? It’s hard to know. Because people will be spread out over the three counties it can feel like there aren’t many visitors. We encourage those of you who have opened your doors to enjoy each person who comes in rather than concentrate on wanting “numbers”.

In a way you are ambassadors for all of rural Kansas. There will be a number of people from metro areas who feel like this event is a good way to dip their toe into seeing what rural communities are all about. Share with them why you are rural by choice and help them see the benefits of living where you do. That point of view will make an impact that they’ll talk about for a long time.

If you have not yet seen any information about this event, pick up a printed guide at your local library or museum, go to , or find this event on Facebook. And if you run across people you don’t know May 2-5, just be friendly and help these visitors get a positive impression of where you call home.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

Marci Penner & Wendee Rowe, Kansas Sampler Foundation