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Mayor David Alvey issues state of emergency for Wyandotte County

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Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 16:39:55-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A state of emergency was declared Friday in Wyandotte County, a day after a man living in Kansas City, Kansas, died of complications from COVID-19.

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, Mayor/CEO David Alvey made the declaration Friday afternoon.

“Declaring a State of Emergency will allow the leaders of the Unified Government to get the materials and resources we need to effectively control the spread of COVID-19 more easily,” the mayor said in a release.

Residents seeking additional information about the county’s efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus can visit a special website set up to help answer questions.

Residents are also able to the Wyandotte County Help Line at 311 or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s help line at 866-534-3463.

On Thursday, UG officials encouraged residents to avoid large gatherings, practice social distancing and reinforced the need to stay home if people felt sick.

41 Action News confirmed Friday the death was a man in his 70s who had been living at Life Care Center in north-central KCK.

41 Action News has also learned the crew from the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department that had transported the man from the facility to the hospital is under self-quarantine.