Crawford County lifts some business restrictions

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Crawford County businesses can now operate at capacity, but the statewide mask mandate remains in place.

Friday morning, March 5, 2021, County Commissioners rescinded Health Order No. 3 on a recommendation from Public Health Officer Dr. Timothy Stebbins and other county health officials.

Stebbins says Crawford County is in a pretty good place. He says numbers are trending downward. They’ve had only 18 new cases of COVID-19 this week, which is down from 36 last week. There’s only one coronavirus-related patient hospitalized in the county. Stebbins added that schools are minimally affected and nursing homes have been clear. You can find more Crawford County numbers below.

Commissioner Jeremy Johnson expressed concerns of an increase of COVID-19 cases with better weather and residents getting out more. He didn’t want to return in a week just to put the order back in place.

Stebbins responded saying we can’t let fear decide, we have to let science and current data be the factors for those recommendations.

During this morning’s meeting, Stebbins had said if numbers increase, they will recommend restrictions again. He also recommended that the mask mandate stay in place until after the start of Kansas Phase 4 vaccinations.

County Commissioners voted unanimously to rescind Order No. 3.

Current Kansas Orders

The following Kansas Orders remain in place:

  • Kansas Order 20-68 establishing a face mask protocol (Crawford County has not opted out of this)
  • Kansas Order 20-62 extending conditional and temporary relief from certain motor carrier rules and regulations during state of disaster emergency

Several school districts in Kansas also followed a recommendation to allow 50% capacity at events. Pittsburg Public Schools are also allowing this.

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