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Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site 

At a time when COVID-19 testing is critical to the pandemic response, the State of Kansas is implementing drive-through testing sites to be available in communities across Kansas, to test first responders, healthcare providers whether or not they are exhibiting symptoms as well as anyone who may be exhibiting symptoms of the virus. 

Walmart has partnered with the State of Kansas in this initiative to set up several mobile COVID-19 testing sites. One of the five sites will be located in Butler County.  

The local site will be conducted at the El Dorado State Park, 1714 NE Shady Creek Access Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042.  Testing will be available, through appointment, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week from 10am – 3pm, weather permitting. 

The official testing schedule launches Monday, May 4, 2020.  

Information on how to schedule an appointment:

Who: 

  • All first responders and healthcare providers and anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • For more information on testing eligibility, please see CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/priority-testing-patients.pdf. 
  • Those who wish to be tested will be screened to ensure they meet CDC eligibility for testing. If individuals have difficulty scheduling an appointment, they can call 800-635-8611, or they can schedule an appointment on-site. The testing site is supported by Walmart, eTrueNorth and state and local officials. 

What: 

  • A mobile drive-through COVID-19 testing site open to all healthcare providers and first responders and anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, at no cost to the individual. 
  • All appointments will be drive-through observed with self-collection. 
  • To be tested, individuals must be in a car and have a scheduled appointment through eTrueNorth at www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com
  • On-site scheduling will also be available. 

Where:

El Dorado State Park, 1714 NE Shady Creek Access Rd, El Dorado, KS 67042 

When: 

  • The official testing schedule launches Monday, May 4, 2020. 
  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week from 10am – 3pm, weather permitting. 
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your appointment time. 

What to bring/things to note: 

  • The testing site will require an appointment through eTrueNorth’s online site (www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com). You will receive an appointment confirmation that you will need to have on hand when you arrive on-site. 
  • In addition, please make sure to bring your insurance card and valid photo ID for proof of identity. 
  • Those being tested will need to stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to walk-ups; those being tested must be in a car. 
  • Individuals being tested will perform a self-administered nasal swab in their car with a healthcare provider observing them. Directions will be provided in the confirmation email after scheduling the appointment and on-site. 
  • It’s important to take care of yourself and monitor your symptoms closely. If your symptoms do not improve or you develop new or worsening symptoms, seek medical attention right away. Do not wait to receive your results. 

Results: 

  • Individuals will be able to access their results on http://www.DoINeedaCOVID19test.com. They will receive a text and/or email notification when their COVID-19 test results are available. 
  • Average turnaround time is approximately 24 to 48 hours from the day of collection. 
  • While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. 

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled appointment, please call 800-635-8611. 

 

 

Surprise Birthday Parade

Friends and family gathered for a surprise birthday parade in honor of Virginia Ball‘s 95th birthday.

Due to the stay home mandate, Ball has been home and relatively isolated from family and friends for six weeks. That changed on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 

Ball’s daughter, Georgann Anderson, told her they were going to the nursery to buy some flowers for Virginia‘s garden, as a birthday gift.

Virginia was dressed, with her face mask on, and sitting on her front porch preparing for her outing when police sirens went off and a couple of El Dorado Police Department cars rounded the corner leading a birthday procession.

Virginia was surprised and overcome with emotion as well wishers drove by, honking. 

They delivered flowers and balloons and large birthday yard signs.

Anderson had the idea and contacted her own daughter, Denise Barth Henggeler, who lives out of state.  Together, with the help of local friends, they organized the “Top Secret Birthday Parade“ online.  

Friends from across the country who were unable to participate in the parade showered Virginia with birthday cards while others sent video messages. 

Holding a large sign, Ball laughed when she said she has to tell the truth about her age, “I’m 95, I can’t lie.” 

Ball said her secret to longevity is to, “Stay busy. Don’t sit around and do nothing.”

The surprise birthday parade brightened her day and brought a smile to her face. She said the past couple of weeks had been hard on her. 

“It’s been terrible, I’ve been depressed, and I don’t get that way.” 

City of El Dorado Announces Transition Plan to Operate Prairie Trails Golf Course as a Municipal Golf Course

April 22, 2020 – The City of El Dorado, Kansas announced today that an arrangement to sell Prairie Trails Golf Course to GreatLife Golf and Fitness, LLC will not come to fruition. The City, in partnership with GreatLife, has developed a transition plan to allow the City to once again operate Prairie Trails as a municipal golf course.

GreatLife previously agreed to purchase Prairie Trails Golf Course from the City for $550,000, although the transaction was delayed when GreatLife elected to restructure prior to closing and then reportedly could not secure financing in order to close the sale.

“It is unfortunate that the transaction did not close as originally planned,” says City Manager David Dillner. “The City hoped that the sale to GreatLife would have provided an enhanced experience to the community.” The City will now determine a path forward to allow for continued operation of the golf course. “The City Commission prefers to pursue a course of action that preserves the ability for citizens to access the game of golf,” says Mayor Bill Young. “As such, the City will work diligently to transition Prairie Trails back to a municipally operated facility.”

The City’s motivation for selling Prairie Trails was to remove the financial liability of operating a golf course from the City’s balance sheet. Historically, the General Fund annually transferred about $250,000 (equivalent to about 2.7 mills) for the golf course to operate. The City’s annual operating budget for Prairie Trails Golf Course, when operated by the City, was about $620,000.

“The transition plan will implement a more efficient operation of the golf course so as to reduce the allocation of general government funds as much as possible,” says City Manager David Dillner. “In addition to a reduced operating budget, the City will seek partnerships with the community to facilitate a sustainable operations plan for Prairie Trails Golf Course.” The City Commission desires to offer Prairie Trails for sale to a buyer interested in operating a golf course for the community.

The City plans to assume operations of Prairie Trails on May 1st, although the pro shop will not be open until May 8th. Golfers will be able to play for free without carts during this transition period. (Golfers may use their own carts if they prefer not to walk.) Golfers are encouraged to practice social distancing and proper golf etiquette during this “free play” event.

The City recognizes that existing patrons may have questions about how the transition will affect their memberships and ability to play golf. Information to address these concerns will be shared as soon as practicable.

Easter Online

Maundy Thursday is the day celebrated by Christians to commemorate the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper of Jesus Christ.  

On Maundy Thursday this year, I visited with Jordan Friesen, the Senior Pastor at El Dorado First Baptist Church to learn how they are adjusting Easter Week services in light of the mandated stay home order.

While Easter celebration will look different for everyone, there is an exceptionally poignant reality to Friesen‘s Easter celebration this year. 

In addition to celebrating his first Easter at El Dorado First Baptist Church, Friesen is celebrating his first Easter as a Pastor. 

Friesen’s wife, Mary, has family in Wichita but due to the stay home order, and increased spread of COVID-19 in Sedgwick County, they will not be gathering in person. 

“We are not able to see one another face-to-face,” Friesen began, “thankfully, with God’s good, sovereign timing and His good, sovereign plan, I have a background in video.” 

With a degree in communications media, Friesen and made small films prior to attending seminary.

“It’s been neat to be able to utilize those skills to help communicate with our congregation even though we’re not seeing each other face-to-face, at least we are able to see each other face-to-face at a computer screen.” Friesen said. 

Friesen, along with Associate Pastor Matt Click, has been putting those skills to good use by creating daily encouragement videos that are shared via the church’s Facebook page. 

In addition to the lighthearted, yet intentional daily videos designed to give a reprieve from the bombardment of news media, they are creating daily 5-10 minute videos during Holy Week to help the congregation prepare their hearts for the celebration of Easter.

The Holy Week vidéos will culminate in Live Stream services and will be performed on both Good Friday and Easter. Those services can be accessed by visiting the church website: https://www.edfbc.com

Butler Brings Home 14 KAB Awards

Butler students in Broadcast Journalism receive 14 awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. 

EL DORADO, Kan. – On March 16th, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters announced the results of the 2020 KAB Student Award competition. In Kansas, all two-year and four-year programs compete against each other. Nine Butler students received five first place, five second place and four honorable mention awards. First and second place winners receive a custom plaque, while those receiving an honorable mention will take home certificates.

Over the 23 years the KAB has sponsored a student production competition, Butler has received nearly 100 first place awards, more than 70 second place awards and more than 90 honorable mentions for a total of 265 awards. 2020 marks the fourth year in a row Butler has received more honors than any other two-year program in the state.

According to Keith West, Butler radio general manager and television advisor, “I’m very proud of all of our students in the mass communications program. Their practical skills consistently earn high awards that translate into jobs in the industry. Our success in the Research Paper categories against four-year universities proves Butler is a winner in academics as well.”

The following Butler students received awards, with first and second place winners receiving a custom plaque, and honorable mentions receiving certificates:

  • Austin Ashcraft – Valley Center High School (Wichita, Kansas)

o   First Place – Undergraduate Radio – Complete Newscast < 3 Days/Week “Butler News Update 1-31-20”

 

  • Deanna Bonn (El Dorado, Kansas)

o   First Place – Undergraduate Radio – Station Promotional Announcement “EldoRADIO”

o   First Place – Undergraduate Radio – Public Affairs Program “EldoRADIO – IPS/Government Day”

o   First Place – Undergraduate Radio – DJ Personality “EldoRADIO”

o   First Place – Undergraduate TV – Research Paper “Multimedia Journalists”

o   Second Place – Undergraduate Radio – Promotional Audio “Let’s Go Full STEAM Ahead

o   Second Place – Undergraduate TV – News Anchor “Deanna Bonn”

o   Second Place – Undergraduate TV – Documentary “Est. 1919”

 

  • Adam Fernz – Augusta High School (Augusta, Kansas)

o   First Place – Undergraduate Radio – Complete Newscast < 3 Days/Week “Butler News Update 1-31-20”

  • Anthony Gorges – Garden Plain High School (Mount Hope, Kansas)

o   Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Radio – Research Paper “Kevin Harlan”

  • Wesley Hager – Valley Center High School (Sedgwick, Kansas)

o   Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Radio – Complete Sports Feature “Wyatt Thompson”

Bruce Hirayama
Bruce Hirayama is the Student Station Manager for KBTL 88.1 The Grizz

  • Bryce Hirayama – Clovis North High School (Fresno, California)

o   Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Radio – Complete Sports Feature “Wyatt Thompson”

o   Honorable Mention – Undergraduate Radio – Sports Play-By-Play “Midwest Classic Bowl”

  • Adelyn Hobbs – Home School (Bel Aire, Kansas)

o   Second Place – Undergraduate Radio – Research Paper “Mass Communications in WWII”

  • Jordon Plowman – Wichita East High School (Wichita, Kansas)

o   Honorable Mention – Undergraduate TV – Research Paper “Gordon Parks’ Trail Through Change”

  • Madeline Reida – Goessel High School (Goessel, Kansas)

o   Second Place – Undergraduate TV – Research Paper “Box Office Bombs”

Essential Businesses Identified

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping members, as well as non-members, during this challenging time.  

Executive Director, Jordan Buxton is staying abreast of ever evolving changes, “We are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information and it is continually changing,” 

Through their weekly “Monday Morning News” the Chamber is working hard to assist area businesses transition through the stay-at-home order.  

“I want to make sure that our members are aware of the changes,” said Buxton.  

On Saturday, March 28th Governor Laura Kelly issued a statewide stay-at-home order.  Among the list of allowable activities includes essential business functions identified as Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF).  

KEFF focuses on four functional areas: Connect, Distribute, Manage and Supply. Individuals,  included in this framework, are allowed to leave home to perform work activities as necessary for the continued operation of these essential businesses.  

Individuals in areas of business, not deemed essential by KEFF, are required to work from home. 

The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce distributed a list of essential businesses as identified by the state of Kansas in Executive Order 20-16.  

Buxton encourages individuals, whether members or not, to subscribe to the weekly email newsletter to receive  information affecting business and employment, as it becomes available. Sign up is available on the chamber website.

Kansas Essential Function Framework (KEFF) 

KEFF 100 CONNECT

  1. Operate Core Information Technology Networks
  2. Provide Cable Access Network Services
  3. Provide Internet Based Content Information and Communication Services
  4. Provide Internet Routing, Access, and Connection Services
    • Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
  5. Provide Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services
  6. Provide Radio Broadcast Access Network Services (includes Traditional Television)
  7. Provide Satellite Access Network Services
  8. Provide Wireless Access Network Services
  9. Provide Wireline Access Network Services

KEFF 200 DISTRIBUTE

  1. Distribute Electricity
  2. Maintain Supply Chains for Essential Functions and Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)
  3. Transmit Electricity
  4. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Air
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain aircraft or aircraft parts
  5. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Rail
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain trains or train parts
  6. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Road
    • Operate or maintain gas stations and associated convenience stores and restaurants (but only as allowed in KEFF 400.6.b)
    • Deliver mail, packages, food, groceries, beverages, or other cargo (this applies to transportation by air, rail or vessel as well)
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain automobiles or automobile parts
    • Transpmi faim equipment, supplies, seed, and personnel to farming operations
  7. Transport Cargo and Passengers by Vessel
    • Manufacture, distribute, sell, or maintain cargo or passenger vessels or parts for such vessels
  8. Transport Materials by Pipeline
  9. Transport Passengers by Mass Transit

KEFF 300 MANAGE

  1. Conduct Elections
  2. Operate Media Outlets
  3. Develop and Maintain Public Works and Support Services for Essential Functions
  4. Educate and Train Essential Functions Personnel
  5. Enforce Law
  6. Maintain Access to Medical Records
  7. Manage Hazardous Materials and Waste
  8. Manage Wastewater
  9. Operate Government
    • Perform government contracts
    • Operate public and private schools to the extent allowed by other executive orders, including Executive Order 20-07, and under direction of the State Board of Education, the State Department of Education, and Kansas Board of Regents.
    • Perform the essential operations of State, county, and municipal governments
    • Operate State Constitutional offices
  10. Perform Cyber Incident Management Capabilities
  11. Prepare for and Manage Emergencies
    • Manage or operate planning, cleanup, or other emergency responses, including private entities.
  12. Preserve Constitutional or Legal Rights
    • Manufacture or sell firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition
    • Perform or attend religious or faith-based services or activities
    • Perform legal services
  13. Protect Sensitive Information
  14. Provide and Maintain Critical Infrastructure
    • Construct or repair roads
    • Construct, maintain, or clean buildings
    • Produce or distribute construction materials
    • Maintain specialized manufacturing or industrial equipment
  15. Provide Capital Markets and Investment Activities
    • Perform accounting services
  16. Provide Consumer and Commercial Banking Services
  17. Provide Funding and Liquidity Services
  18. Provide Identity Management and Associated Trust Support Services
  19. Provide Insurance Services
  20. Provide Medical Care and Services, Including Mortuary Services
    • Provide pharmaceutical services
    • Provide funeral or memorial services
  21. Provide Payment, Clearing and Settlement Services
  22. Provide Public Safety
  23. Provide Wholesale Funding
  24. Store Fuel and Maintain Reserves
  25. Support Community Health and Mental Health Services
    • Operate laundry services

 

KEFF 400 SUPPLY

  1. Exploration and Extraction of Fuels
  2. Fuel Refining and Processing Fuels
    • Produce or deliver propane or natural gas
  3. Generate Electricity
  4. Manufacture Equipment Used for Essential Functions or Critical Infrastructure (as defined by DHS)
  5. Produce and Provide Agricultural Products and Services
    • Manufacture or maintain agricultural equipment
    • Manufacture or distribute agricultural supplies such as seeds and chemicals
    • Raise, process, or distribute poultry, livestock, or other animals for human consumption
    • Prepare, till, plant, maintain, or harvest grains, fruits, or vegetables
  6. Produce and Provide Human and Animal Food Products and Services
    • Manufacture or process food or food products
    • Prepare or serve meals for takeout or delivery
    • Sell groceries, including alcoholic beverages (not for on-site consumption)
  7. Produce Chemicals
  8. Provide Metals and Materials
  9. Provide Housing
    • Operate or maintain rental property
    • Operate or maintain student housing
    • Operate or maintain long-term care or senior living facilities
    • Construct, supply, clean, or maintain single family homes or other housing
    • Provide real estate services
    • Operate or maintain housing shelters or charities
    • Operate or maintain animal shelters
    • Operate or maintain hotels or motels
  10. Provide Information Technology Products and Services
  11. Provide Material and Operational Support to Defense
  12. Research and Development
  13. Supply Water

 

 

Statewide Stay-At-Home Enacted

On Saturday, March 28th, Governor Laura Kelly enacted a statewide stay-at-home order effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30th until at least through Sunday, April 19th. 

Governor Kelly cited Executive Order 20-16, through a press conference held in the her office, “I am announcing the difficult but unavoidable decision to add Kansas to the list of 22 other states that have issued a stay-at-home order.” 

Positive cases are beginning to appear in Northwest Kansas.  Gove County is the latest county to confirm a positive case of Covid-19. It joins Kansas’ most populous counties already following a stay-at-home order; Johnson, Wyandotte, Douglass, Sedwick, Leavenworth and Shawnee.

In her remarks, Governor Kelly urged citizens to limit time outside the home. 

This order requires Kansans to limit their time outside the home. 

Exceptions include:

  • Essential work required outside the home
  • Trips to the store for food, medicine, household supplies
  • Medical appointments
  • Exercise, to be limited to one time a day 
  • Gatherings of less than 10 people and with a individuals observing a distance of 6 feet apart 
  • Caring for the vulnerable who must remain at home

 

“As Governor, I left these decisions to local governments for as long as possible, but the reality is that a patchwork approach is a recipe for confusion in our statewide approach to slow the spread of coronavirus.” Kelly continued, “Statewide uniformity will ensure we are all playing by the same rules and it will help prevent an influx of new cases for local health departments, many of which are already stretched to the max.”   

Additionally Governor Kelly said, “Secondly, we are taking this step now to continue to slow the spread of the virus in Kansas. Our hospitals have thrown a huge effort into preparing their facilities for the inevitable surge of COVID-19 patients, but we’re simply not ready for what we anticipate will be the peak of this pandemic.” 

She cited the time needed by our vulnerable hospitals to maximize bed capacity, implement critical safety measures to protect their staff and ramp down elective procedures. 

“By limiting movement and keeping disease numbers down across the state, we can better protect our hospitals, especially our smaller and rural hospitals from the influx of patients who would exceed their capacity in both number and in complexity. We also need more time as a state to procure proper personal protective equipment, ventilators and testing kits.”  Said Kelly. 

Governor Kelly added that Kansas has not received what is needed from the federal government. 

“Insufficient access to testing supplies has led to under testing and diagnosis of Covid-19 in asymptomatic Kansans.” She said. “We believe that there are more cases of Covid-19 than we have confirmed to date, including areas that have not yet identified their first case.” 

Governor Kelly concluded her “By reducing spread, scarce protective personal equipment (PPE), will be preserved for those who need it most; health care personnel, first responders and those who work in our nursing facilities.”