Mar 24, 2020 12:02 AM

COVID-19 Swabbing Station opened in Riley County

Posted Mar 24, 2020 12:02 AM

(Manhattan, KS- March 23, 2020) Monday afternoon the Riley County Health Department launched a drive-through swabbing station in partnership with Konza Prairie Community Health Center. The station will provide COVID-19 testing for pre-screened patients only. Testing will be available to people who have written orders sent to the Riley County Health Department from a health care provider.

“The swabbing station is being established to provide an additional resource for the community. The goal is to streamline the testing processes and promote a more efficient use of the personal protective equipment (PPE) available in the area,” said Riley County Local Health Officer Julie Gibbs.

Testing will not be available to the general public. Patients must be prescreened by a medical professional to rule out other illnesses and have a written referral prior to arrival. Individuals without a doctor’s order will not be tested.

Patient identity will be verified at the testing site by photo ID (children will be verified by their guardian’s ID). The station will open two times a day during a specified timeframe. Health care providers will give testing details directly to patients. To help protect the privacy of those being swabbed, the location of the station is not being published.

Local health care providers and emergency service leaders are working diligently to ensure Riley County is using our resources in the best, most efficient way possible. 

“Some areas of the United States are already experiencing devastation from COVID-19,” Gibbs said. “We are in a critical period and have to take action now in order to prevent the level of community spread seen in other areas. It is vital that people follow guidelines to prevent transmission. Go out only for essential needs, such as food and medical care. If we work together now, we can make a difference.”

Residents who believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus or have symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, should call their medical provider or the Riley County’s screening call center at 785-323-6400 for guidance.

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Mar 24, 2020 12:02 AM
Look for ways to help children cope during crisis, experts say

MANHATTAN – Children and adults experience and react differently in times of crisis.

“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.” 

A K-State publication, written by Wiles and associate professor and extension specialist Elizabeth Kiss, includes information that can help communities recognize the negative effects that tough times have on the mental well-being of children.

The publication, titled Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover, is available online from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

Wiles and Kiss outline suggested ways parents can help children cope during hard times:

  1. Reassure the child that you are still together and that you will be there to help as long as you can.
  2. Return to pre-disaster routines to the extent possible, including bedtime, bath time, meal time and waking up times.
  3. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It can be difficult to take care of a child if you are not feeling well.
  4. Talk with your child about your feelings.
  5. Encourage children to draw, write or tell stories about their experiences. Talking about how the disaster or tough time has changed them can be beneficial.

The publication also includes signs to look for in children and how to emerge in a positive direction from times of crisis.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

Signs of depression

Signs of depression in early childhood: tantrums, physical complaints, brief periods of sadness, listlessness or hyperactivity, lack of interest in activities, withdrawal.

Signs of depression in middle childhood: new phobias, hyperactivity, conduct disorders (lying or stealing), refusal to leave parents, periods of sadness, vague anxiety or agitation, suicidal thoughts.

Signs of depression in adolescents: changes in appearance, withdrawal, fatigue, eating problems, substance abuse, risk-taking, sudden change in peer group, loss of interest, sleep problems, hostility, suicidal thoughts.

-- Source: Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover