News and Announcements


8-18-2022 -- COVID-19 Recommendation for Contacts

02-03-2022 -- Pottawatomie County Health Department update on contact tracing, quarantine guidelines, and reporting changes.

1-19-2022 -- KDHE announcement regarding contact tracing and updated isolation and quarantine guidance from KDHE and the Pottawatomie County Health Officer.

1-5-2022 -- The CDC and KDHE recently updated isolation and quarantine guidance in December 2021. Read the Pottawatomie County Health Officer's updated guidance here.

KDHE COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Update

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10-12-2022 UPDATE

The Pottawatomie County Health Department is now offering COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters.

The bivalent boosters are from Pfizer and Moderna. The Pfizer booster is for people ages 12 and older, while Moderna is authorized for those 18 years of age and older. Eligible individuals can receive either bivalent booster two months after receiving their primary vaccination series (two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, two doses of Novavax, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) or their most recent booster dose. 

Booster shot appointments may be made by calling 785-457-3719.

7-6-2022 UPDATE

COVID-19 vaccine administration for young children is available at the Pottawatomie County Health Department. All children older than 6 months of age are eligible for a vaccination. A parent or legal guardian must be present with any child under 18 years old. 

Call the health department at (785) 457-3719 to schedule an appointment.

Boosters are available now for Kansans in these eligible groups:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series.
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on individual benefits and risks.
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer at least 6 months after their Pfizer primary series, based on individual benefits and risks.

To be clear, all persons age 65 and greater are eligible and should receive a booster dose regardless of any condition or whether they live in a LTCF or not. 

The “underlying medical conditions” referred to includes: 

  • Chronic Kidney disease 
  • Cancer 
  • Chronic lung diseases, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), asthma (moderate-to-severe), interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, and pulmonary hypertension 
  • Dementia or other neurological conditions 
  • Diabetes (type 1 or type 2) 
  • Down syndrome 
  • Heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies or hypertension) 
  • HIV infection 
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) 
  • Liver disease 
  • Overweight and obesity 
  • Pregnancy 
  • Sickle cell disease or thalassemia 
  • Smoking, current or former 
  • Solid organ or blood stem cell transplant 
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain 
  • Substance use disorders 

Patient self-attestation is the only expectation for declaration of underlying medical conditions. 

These recommendations apply only to persons who have been previously vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation does not allow for providing a booster dose of Pfizer for anyone who has been previously vaccinated with Moderna or Johnson and Johnson. 

Occupational or institutional setting are not specifically defined in the CDC recommendation but are intended to include healthcare workers, teachers, grocery store workers, retail workers, first responders, residents and staff of congregant settings (corrections, homeless shelters, group homes etc) and many others. Again, these decisions to receive a booster dose are based on self-attestation of the patient. 

Risks of myocarditis after a 3rd dose of mRNA vaccines may vary by age and sex and is unknown at this time. Lymphadenopathy was more common after the 3rd dose than after the 2nd dose. 

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9-2-2021 KDHE UPDATE : No Booster Shots have been authorized for Covid-19 Vaccines at this time.

Additional Covid-19 doses have been authorized for the conditions listed below:

  • Active treatment for solid tumor or hematologic malignancies
  • Receipt of solid-organ transplant and taking immunosuppressive therapy
  • Receipt of CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 2 years of transplantation or taking immunosuppression therapy)
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (e.g. DiGeorge, Wiskott-Aldrich syndromes)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (i.e., > 20mg prednisone or equivalent per day), alkylating agents, antimetabolites, transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs, cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive, TNF blockers, and other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory

A signed attestation that you have one of these conditions is required by you, the patient.

You can make an appointment for an additional dose at the Health Department using our online scheduler: or call 785-457-3719 press 1

Alert: Garth Brooks Concert Attendees Subject to a 10-day Quarantine

Anyone who attended the Garth Brooks concert in Kansas City is subject to a 10-day quarantine if they are not vaccinated. Official information can be found at KDHE's Travel Restrictions Webpage.

Anyone attending an out-of-state mass gathering of 500 or more people who were not socially distant and wearing a mask please quarantine for 10 days. If you don't have any symptoms, quarantine for seven days, followed by a PCR test. If the test comes back negative, you may leave quarantine the next day.

Contact the Pottawatomie County Health Department (785.457.3719) for more information.

KDHE Updates Travel Guidelines

KDHE's travel quarantine advisory list has been updated to include Kuwait, Mongolia, and St Martin. India and Trinidad and Tobago have been removed from the list. 

For more information, view the full press release.

Pottawatomie County Asks All Persons Living and Working in the County Aged 65+ to Call Health Dept. on March 3

Pottawatomie County is asking all those 65+ who live and work in the County to call the Pottawatomie County Health Department on Wednesday March 03, 2021 at 785.457.3719

View full Press Release

Pottawatomie County Starts Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Pottawatomie County Health Dept. is currently notifying individuals who signed-up that they are scheduling appoints for the first Phase 2 COVID-19 vaccines. Individuals must have an appointment to receive the vaccine.

View the full press release here.

Pottawatomie County Vaccination Interest Form is now available

Please go to the Vaccination Interest Form to let the Pottawatomie County Health Department know that you would like to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We will use the contact information provided in the form to send you vaccine availability and location updates as they become available.

Free COVID Testing Sites

The State of Kansas has partnered with to offer several sites throughout the state for free COVID testing. The sites closest to Pottawatomie County are:

CiCo Park Barns - 1710 Avery Ave Manhattan, KS 66503

Hummer Sports Park - 2751 SW East Circle Dr Topeka, KS 66606

New Mount Zion Baptist Church - 2801 SE Indiana St Topeka, KS 66614

Church of the Cross - 1600 Rush St Salina, KS 67401

Pottawatomie County Adopts KDHE/CDC Quarantine Guidance

The Pottawatomie County Health Department announced that it will adopt the revised quarantine guidance approved by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Centers for Disease Control. The new guidance changes the quarantine period for close contacts to 10 days if no symptoms appear. View the full press release for more information.

Wamego Mask Ordinance Adopted

The City of Wamego has adopted a mask ordinance. This ordinance is in effect only within the city limits of Wamego. For a full list of where a mask is required, who is exempted, and any penalties please view the full ordinance

First COVID-19 Deaths Identified in Pottawatomie County

On Monday, November 16, 2020, Pottawatomie County Health Department announced the first and possibly second COVID-19-related deaths in the County, pending confirmation from KDHE. The first patient was a 79-year-old female and the second was an 87-year-old male. Pottawatomie County expresses our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones.

View the full press release.

County Offices are Open

Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, County offices will be fully open to the public, no appointment necessary. Office hours are 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday through FridayIndividuals can still receive services online or over the phone until closing, and anyone in the building at that time will be served.

While we will be resuming business, it may not seem “as normal” any more. You will notice Plexiglas panels in many of the offices, and markers placed on the floor every six feet to promote social distancing. Please note we are still able to handle many service requests on-line, through the mail, or over the phone. If you would rather handle your business without having to come to our offices in Westmoreland, we are happy to assist you however and whenever possible remotely. Visit our online services page to learn more!

Governor’s Executive Orders Regarding K-12 Education

Governor Kelly signed Executive Order 20-59 today which outlines mitigation procedures schools must take once school resumes. 

She also released the details of Executive Order 20-58 which would delay reopening schools until September 8, 2020. This EO cannot be signed until the State Board of Education approves the order.