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Posted on: July 3, 2020

Five COVID-19 cases who tested positive in recent days report being present at Lawrence bar

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Patrons who attended Bullwinkles on June 20 or June 26-27, asked to monitor for symptoms

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Posted on: July 3, 2020

FAQs for Mask Order in Douglas County

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Read these FAQs for more guidance as well on the order that requires people in Douglas County to wear masks in indoor public places or situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Douglas County health order requires masks in indoor public spaces beginning July 1

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People will be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces where six feet of separation is not possible — including businesses, workplaces and public facilities such as community centers or libraries — in Douglas County beginning 12:01 a.m. July 1.

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Several COVID-19 cases who tested positive in recent days report being present at Lawrence bar last

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As part of the contact-tracing and disease-investigation process, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health epidemiologists have identified several cases who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days and reported they were present at The Hawk, 1340 Ohi...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

LDCPH reopens more clinic services suspended during COVID-19 pandemic

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health continues to reopen clinic services to treat patients after suspending them earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Options for COVID-19 screening, testing on weekends

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For Douglas County residents experiencing possible symptoms for COVID-19, there are clinics and sites that do offer weekend testing options.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Statement on Racism and Pursuing Health Equity

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We realize we need to be more intentional about what we are doing to help the community address equity and the health disparities that impede the achievement of health for all members of our community, especially the Black community.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Douglas County to extend Phase 3 through July 5, health officer encourages more mask wearing

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Douglas County’s Local Health Officer will extend Phase 3 of the county’s Smart & Safe Reopening Plan for two weeks through July 5.

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

We've Changed Our Name

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Our promise to the community illustrates so much more than can be confined into four walls of a building.

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Posted on: November 7, 2019

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Posted on: July 1, 2020

Douglas County health order to close bars beginning Friday, July 3

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LAWRENCE – After a recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Douglas County’s local health officer will issue a new order to close bars and nightclubs in the county beginning Friday, July 3, for the next two weeks.

“We have see...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Douglas County health order requires masks in indoor public spaces beginning July 1

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LAWRENCE – People will be required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces and in situations where six feet of separation is not possible — including businesses, workplaces and public facilities such as community centers or ...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Douglas County to extend Phase 3 through July 5

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LAWRENCE – Douglas County’s Local Health Officer will extend Phase 3 of the county’s Smart & Safe Reopening Plan for two weeks through July 5. The earliest the plan called for moving to Phase Out was Monday, June...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Statement on Racism and Pursuing Health Equity

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Like many across the country, we are saddened and angered by the recent and horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Their deaths further expose the persistence of racism and racial violence in American society...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Douglas County Reopening Task Force to align with Governor’s phased plan

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LAWRENCE – A task force under Douglas County’s Unified Command has decided to align with Gov. Laura Kelly’s phased reopening plans.

“Based on our current number of COVID-19 cases and the health metrics we ar...

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Posted on: August 9, 2019

Health Department receives national award for breastfeeding support to WIC families

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Lawrence – The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is one of only 16 agencies across the country to receive the Gold Premiere Award of Excellence for its breastfeeding support to WIC families.

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Posted on: March 1, 2019

SCRIPT program to help pregnant mothers quit smoking

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Lawrence, Kansas – Smoking during pregnancy can cause several complications for the health of both the mother and child. However, a new evidence-based program will help Douglas County expectant mothers quit smoking and offer healthier futures for them and...

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Posted on: January 31, 2019

Partnership to provide free health app to Douglas County residents

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LAWRENCE — Douglas County, in partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, will provide for free the MyStrength app to Douglas County residents.

MyStrength offers individuals supp...

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Posted on: July 3, 2020

FAQs for Mask Order in Douglas County

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To stop the spread of the coronavirus in Douglas County, a local health order on July 1 began requiring most people to wear masks in indoor public spaces, and for consistency the county has since aligned with Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s statewide ...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

FAQs for Reopening Phase 3

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Gov. Laura Kelly has presented her detailed framework for a phased-in approach to begin reopening the state. Currently, Douglas County has completely aligned with the Governor’s plan, which will move to Phase 3 on June 8. And Local Heal...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

LDCPH Public Health clinic resuming services suspended during COVID-19 pandemic

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health continues to reopen clinic services to treat patients after suspending them earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning Monday, all clinic services will be offered daily, and all visits will be available ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Screening, testing options for COVID-19

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For Douglas County residents experiencing possible symptoms for COVID-19, there are clinics and sites that do offer weekend testing options.

Linda Craig, Director of Clinic Services, said anyone experiencing emergency warning signs, such as trouble breathi...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Health Board welcomes two new appointed members

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In April we were pleased to welcome newly appointed members to the Lawrence-Douglas County Board of Health — Erica Hill and Hugh Carter.

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Erica Hill-Skar graduated from the University of Kansas with an undergraduate degree in Human Biolo...

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Posted on: May 22, 2020

New Public Health Nurse is grateful to help those in his community

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During his seven years as a nurse at Via Christi in Manhattan in a wound care clinic, Zac Nehring saw painful reminders daily of disparities in the health care system.

“People have wounds that can be acute, or they can be incredibly chronic. The ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

COVID-19 testing, screening still available on weekdays

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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health clinic staff are available to administer tests in the future at a drive-up site near the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

We encourage anyone currently experiencing symptoms rel...

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Posted on: July 23, 2019

Marginalized Douglas County residents identify barriers to quality employment

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“Implicit bias is so powerful. Immediately you walk up, and people are already making assumptions about you.” 

 “I’m who I am, but I can’t be completely who I am because of who I work with.” 

 "Because I'm a woman of...

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Posted on: June 28, 2019

Kansas Supreme Court OKs local Tobacco 21 policies

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The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that local governments could institute ordinances that ban the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under 21, known as Tobacco 21 legislation.

“It’s really exciting because the Supreme Court clear...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Douglas County, Health Department offering new online resource for wellness, mental health

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Douglas County and eight community agencies now offer residents a new online resource for wellness and mental health. Livongo for Behavioral Health by myStrength, an innovative leader in digital behavioral health care, provides digital self-care resources...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

Community Forum Focuses on Vaping Among Youth

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Electronic cigarettes, otherwise known as e-cigarettes or vapes, have become extremely popular among young people in recent years. The National Youth Tobacco Survey showed an alarming 78% increase in vaping from just 11% in 2017 to 20.8% in 2018.

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Posted on: August 23, 2018

Health Department urges residents to be aware of bats

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has recently received an increase in the number of calls regarding bats. Public health officials urge residents to take precaution if they encounter them because bats are the main cause of human rabies cases i...

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