Although Lyon County may be under a stay-at-home order by as early as Tuesday, so far county officials say no such order has been issued.
On Monday, Gov. Laura Kelly cited Lyon County as being among the counties that had issued stay-at-home orders. But on Facebook Monday, the Lyon County Emergency Communications Center said no such order had yet been made.
There was some confusion in the Emporia community after Kelly’s press conference. Local officials attributed the mixed signals to a misunderstanding.
“Residents in some of the state’s most populous areas are preparing for a month-long stay at home with orders that take effect Tuesday,” the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “Kelly said Atchison, Doniphan, Miami and Lyon counties would join Douglas, Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties in issuing the shelter-in-place orders. Other areas, including Shawnee and Riley counties, have closed bars and restaurants and banned gatherings of 10 or more in an effort to encourage social distancing.”
While an order hasn’t officially been made, Lyon County is working on one.
“If you are monitoring Gov. Kelly’s address, she stated that Lyon County has issued a ‘stay-at-home’ order,” the post said. “We have not yet issued an order and are working through the logistics of what that might look like.”
Emporia State is prepared to take directive when the order comes down from the county, said Gwen Larson, director of media relations.
“Once we see an official order from Lyon County, the ESU Executive Policy Group will determine how that order would affect the ESU campus and take action accordingly,” Larson said.
If you are not feeling well and are experiencing either coronavirus or flu symptoms, call (instead of visiting) the Student Wellness Center at 620-341-5222 or Newman Regional Health, 1201 W 12th Street, at 620-343-6800.