The Atchison County Health Department is reporting yet another increase in COVID-19 cases over this past weekend and a total of 5 deaths.

The Health Department Department updated cases on Friday morning and reported 12 additional positive cases for a total of 512. As of Friday, there are four currently hospitalized and 42 active cases.

Recently, the Health Department issued an urgent public health release concerning potential COVID-19 exposure if a person visited Pete’s Steakhouse in Atchison between the dates of Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 4. The Health Department is also investigating potential COVID-19 exposure from Paolucci’s from Sept. 28-Oct. 3. The Health Department is investigating several cases related to this exposure.

According to the statement from the Health Department, current active outbreaks include Benedictine College, Bunge Corp, Maur Hill, Pete’s Steakhouse and Heritage Tractor.

The Health Department is advising local residents call a healthcare provider if experiencing any signs of COVID-19. Symptoms include fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, loss of smell or loss of taste, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Halloween Guidance

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued guidance for Halloween 2020.

Not Recommended:

Gatherings, events or parties with non-household members

Carnivals, festivals, live entertainment, and haunted house attractions

Door to door trick or treating — difficult to maintain proper social distance and to ensure that everyone is properly wearing face coverings

Traveling to other counties to attend fall festivals

“Trunk or treating” — difficult to avoid crowding and sharing of food


Correctly wear a cloth face covering to prevent disease spread

Avoid confined spaces, including indoor spaces that do not allow for easy social distancing Practice social distancing

Practice regular hand washing, wash often with soap and water, or hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Clean frequently touched items

Guidance For Homes Accepting Trick Or Treaters:

Wear a face covering when answering the door or coming into contact with others

Wash hands at regular intervals

Sanitize frequently touched items regularly

Do not use grab bowls

Consider placing items in your yard or 6ft apart on your porch and advise kids to take one/replenish as needed

For more guidance please visit

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