KOFO Local News

Cobbs on Small Groups

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 3, 2020

When Kansas Governor, Laura Kelley, closed all public schools for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus crisis, officials had said that buildings could still be used for small groups of 10 or less.  Ottawa School Superintendent Dr. Ryan Cobbs, says he found out that the idea wasn’t realistic:

Cobbs says there may be situations where a one on one meeting between student and teacher is necessary, but there will be no groups in schools until things return to normal.

 

 

Layton Changes

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 2, 2020

The Elizabeth Layton Center in Ottawa has announced some changes in response to COVID-19.  In order to continue providing essential healthcare services in a manner that is safe for clients and staff, the Center has implemented many precautions and changes, including “Telehealth” service delivery and new office hours.  Telehealth means that services are delivered through remote means such as a telephone or televideo options such as zoom.  The Federal Government has relaxed HIPAA privacy rules so that behavioral health and other medical services can now be provided through phone and televideo technologies.

Executive Director, Leslie Bjork, says behavioral health services have never been more important and managing the COVID related changes in routine, social isolation, family challenges, financial stressors and grief can be overwhelming for both adults and youth.  She adds that face to face services are still available for those who require it.

Office hours will also change.  Beginning Monday, they will be open from 9:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday.  Crisis services will continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Lunch Bunch Brand ‘N Iron

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 2, 2020

Many businesses in Ottawa and the surrounding area are struggling to stay afloat during the Stay At HOme Order.  Many are still open, having been deemed essential services to the Community.  One of those is the Brand ‘N Iron Bar and Grill in Princeton.  They have been serving locally raised beef and pork for the past 10 years to customers hungry for a good meal.  Known for their friendly down-home-service, manager, Aaron Nichol, says they have had great support:

Many local businesses would be happy to have your business.  If you own a local business, KOFO would like to help you get the word out about what you are doing during this time.  We are offering all local businesses to call us between 11:00 and noon every week day, and be part of the “Out To Lunch Bunch”.  Tell us about you, your business and what you have to offer.  It doesn’t have to be a restaurant.  Any business is welcome to call the KOFO “Out To Lunch Bunch”.

Ransom on New Test

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 2, 2020

The Franklin County Health Department is trying out a new test for the COVID-19 virus.  At the County Commission’s Regular Meeting, which was conducted by videoconference, Health Department Director, Midge Ransom, says the new test gives quick results:

Ransom says it would also show if the patient is active with the virus.

Finch on Local Loans

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 2, 2020

If you own a business in Ottawa and have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, there might be a lifeline from the City.  It is in the form of a Community Development Block Grant of around $230 thousand, and City Attorney Blaine Finch says it’s not free money:

Applications for the loan will be accepted on a first come first served basis.

Covid Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 2, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday afternoon.  As of yesterday at 2:00, the number of cases in Kansas has risen to 482 with 10 deaths associated with the virus.  There have been 114 hospitalizations reported.  Franklin County cases are at eight.  Douglas County with 31, Osage with three, and Linn County with 5.  Anderson and Miami Counties have nor reported cases as of this afternoon.

KDHE Director Dr. Lee Norman says we are not doing well with social distancing, based on data from UNACAST Tracking Services.

Franklin County received a grade of “D” minus!  NOT GOOD!

He emphasized the fact that Kansans have to take this seriously and many appear not to be.  Franklin County Health Director, Midge Ransom,  and County Health Officer, Dr. Bud Ransom, will be on KOFO this morning discussing the affect COVID-19 is having on our community and what we need to do to stop it.  Tune in at 8:00 for that conversation .

Douglas Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 1, 2020

The Lawrence Public Health Department has released the latest numbers on COVID-19 for Douglas County.  They report having 26 positive cases.  Eighteen of those are travel related and five involve local transmission, with three others under investigation.  There are 15 male and 11 female patients ranging in age from 10 to 80.  Seventeen of the cases are are between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.

Given that there are local transmission in the County, the likelihood of more cases is high, the Health Department is working closely with the cities of Eudora, Baldwin City and LeCompton, in addition to schools, Universities and Law Enforcement agencies to protect the safety and well being of all residents.  They are highly encouraging social distancing and would like people to stay at home and away from crowds and follow the statewide Stay at Home Order.

Also, Osage County has reported its third case of COVID-19 and has seven county residents under isolation orders awaiting test results.

Out to Lunch Bunch

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 1, 2020

Many businesses in Ottawa and the surrounding area are struggling to stay afloat during the Stay At Home Order.  Many are still open having been deemed essential services to the Community.  One of those is Luigi’s Italian Restaurant in downtown Ottawa.  Manager Crystal Arnett says they are offering daily specials to satisfy your hungry family, full family size dinners, with perks:

Many local businesses would be happy to have your business.  If you own a local business, KOFO would like to help you get the word out about what you are doing during this time.  We are offering all local businesses to call us between ll:00 and noon everyday and be part of the “Out To Lunch Bunch”  tell us about you, about your business and what you have to offer.  It doesn’t have to be a restaurant, any business is welcome to call in.

COVID Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 1, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment gave an update on the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday.  As of yesterday afternoon at 2:00, the number of cases in Kansas has risen to 428 with nine deaths associated with the virus.  There were 219 males and 209 females with patients ranging from under one year to 95 years old.  There have been 79 hospitalizations reported.  Franklin County cases remain at seven.  Douglas County with 24, Osage with three, and Linn County with five.  Anderson and Miami Counties have no reported cases, as of yesterday.

Governor Laura Kelly says the people of Kansas are starting to adhere to the stay at home policy, but improvements need to be made:

KDHE Director, Dr. Lee Norman, emphasized the fact that Kansans must take this seriously and many appear not to be.  There are reports of many people not adhering to the “Stay At Home Order” issued by Governor Kelly on Monday.  He says it is critical for everyone.

Ottawa High Update

Posted in Uncategorized by kofonews on April 1, 2020

Day two of full time online learning for Ottawa High school went pretty well, by all indications.  Ottawa High School Principal, Kelly Whitaker, says communications between students, parents, and teachers is one of the keys to making the system work.  She also says that patience is another important aspect:

She adds that students with internet access issues are welcome to come to the High School parking lot, stay in their cars and download their assignments, then go home, complete the assignments and return the next day to turn in the assignments.  WIFI boosters have been placed in all parking lots of the school to help with access.