College students asked to be aware
BELOT — As COVID-19 cases are surging and business shutdowns and masks orders are being issued around the state of Kansas and in the Nation, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, has warned that Thanksgiving plans may have to change in order to keep everyone safe.
Cases are being seen rising in college towns in particular and now with the possibility of students going home for Thanksgiving, questions are being asked on how this will play a role in the pandemic impact.
Some universities and town officials are preparing for these upcoming risks by ending the semester at Thanksgiving break or shifting to online classes for the final weeks to avoid additional travel that could spread the virus.
It is very important that factors such as avoiding large gatherings and even smaller ones when new people are involved — wearing face masks —and following the recommended physical distancing guidelines, be followed.
Students whose semesters won’t end until December should consider avoiding travel until the end of the year, or if traveling earlier, to do it safely.
Mitchell County is now at 37 active COVID-19 cases as of this morning (Friday) for a total of 113 overall cases since March.
First Bank in Beloit, Farmway Credit Union Beloit location and the Guarantee State Bank, Jamestown and Smith Center locations, lobbies are all now closed. The Guarantee’s Beloit location lobby is closing tomorrow. Drive thru services are available during regular business hours. Call for inperson appointments are recommended.
The Mitchell County Treasurer’s office in Beloit is closed this week due to quarantine.
Jewell County is now at 9 active cases with 1 death.
Republic County is at 55 active cases, with 1 death.
According to NCK Today radio, there will be no school for USD 109 Republic County today.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Nov. 12, the district said the administration will be evaluating the current COVID-19 situation to ensure that their students and staff are safe.
“As a community, please help us keep our students in school by following and practicing recommended protocols of good hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks when in public,” the district said in its Facebook post.
The district cancelled the Republic County Junior High Boys Basketball game against Pike Valley Thursday evening, while they also announced an amendment to the school calendar this week giving students and staff the entire week of Thanksgiving off, meaning there will be no school on Monday, Nov. 23 or Tuesday, Nov. 24t as was originally scheduled.
As of today (Friday), Smith county is now at 29 active cases, 1 death.
As of Monday’s last report, Salina is now at 240 active cases but their has been an increase. Cloud county was at 339 positive with 101 pending cases.
Kansas is now at 109,225 COVID-19 cases with 4,252 hospitalizations and 1,215 deaths.
Hospitals are now filling at capacity and the use of masks and social distancing is even more critical.