First COVID-19 case in Ford County confirmed

Ford County Administrator and Public Information Officer J.D. Gilbert announced a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ford County, Kansas, March 17. The individual, who is over 60, traveled into the county and is being treated. The family is now under quarantine. 

Many City of Dodge City facilities and Ford County government offices will be closed to the public or limited to essential services only beginning March 17, and employees will be working from home when possible and answering phone calls. Visitors should call the appropriate city or county facility before visiting in person.

“These closures are to protect the most vulnerable members of our community and preserve access to key backup facilities in the case of an emergency shelter need,” said City Manager Cherise Tieben in a release. "We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause and hope these closures are temporary. An overabundance of caution is vital at this point."

Note: Because the case did not originate in Ford County but out of state, it will not be included in the figures for Kansas reported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.