Each Friday the Reno County Health Department releases the 14-day PTR (positive test rate) and the 14-day new case average. The data released dictates the gating criteria color we follow for the coming week. COVID-19 in Reno County continues to trend upward.
Reno County is in the RED Zone for the week of Oct. 19, 2020. USD 308 schools will be in the remote learning mode all next week.
Currently the numbers are:
14-Day PTR, 10/16 – 18.9%
14-day New Case Count, 10/16 – 259 cases
We have one of the highest 14-day per-capita case rates in the state. We are higher than all our neighboring counties. This is a level that not even Johnson County has hit; they peaked at 282 per 100,000.
The Medical Collaboration following the guidelines of the CDC, KDHE and KSDE do not recommend in-person school in the RED zone. We do have verbal approval from KSDE and direction from our Board of Education to work towards bringing small groups of students back. We will work on a plan to present to our Board of Education on Oct. 26.
We need to work together as a community taking measures to decrease our case counts in Reno County, so that we can move our gating metrics to Orange, Yellow or Green.
We encourage our teachers, parents, students and their grandparents who live in Reno County to be tested at the Free Community Testing Events. We need our community to take personal responsibility to social distance, wear a mask, wash hands and stay home when they are ill. Reno County Health Order 20-03 has been put into place due to our extremely high case count, high PTR and HRMC Covid-19 positive cases are increasing. This limits mass gatherings to 100 people, this does not include public and private business/school functions. However, social distancing of more than 6 feet is highly recommended at work, and mandated at sporting events and social functions.
Hutchinson USD 308 Superintendent