Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 Testing

How long does it take to get test results back?

It depends on which type of tests are performed & which lab (if any), they are set to. The rapid tests take approximately 15 minutes &do not need to be sent to a lab. The normal tests have to be sent off to one of the labs & they take 24-48 hours to get results.

COVID-19 Enforcement

Why have an order if it is not being enforced?

The order will be enforced as it is a Class A Misdemeanor, subject to a fine up to $2,500 and one year in jail. However, law enforcement will not be stopping every single vehicle checking to see if you are out on essential business.

Are people still be arrested and placed in jail if they have the virus?

If you are COVID-19 presumptive/positive you are under an order to isolate by the Lyon County Public Health Department or medical provider. If you violate the isolation order, Public Health will go to the Court to obtain an order to enforce the isolation in their home.

Will Fishing be considered as an outdoor activity?

Fishing would be a great family/househould activity as long as you practice social distancing.

What about parental visitation to non-custodial parents? How does that work? The parent is in another county. What if they refuse to return the child citing "stay at home orders" by their location?
  1. Follow your court orders.
  2. That is a question best suited to your personal attorney.

COVID-19 & Businesses

I work out of the county, can I drive across county lines?

Yes. You can, please be mindful of other county’s orders if applicable.

Are veterinarians going to be open?


Can we go outside? If so, where can we go?

Yes! Ride a bike, hike, walk, just maintain social distancing from non-household members.

How is having this order in place different than what we are already doing, social distancing?

This is a Stay At Home Order restricting contact to those in your home, with the exception of essential activities.

Can people still sell things on Buy, Sell, Trade and meet for pick up?

The Stay at Home order does not prohibit this, but remember to practice social distancing.

Why did employer give letter to employees to travel if it is not needed to travel?

Some counties are requiring it, Lyon County is not.

Where can I get assistance if I have lost my job and can not get through to unemployment?
How long will order be in place? Can it be extended?

3/26/2020 at 12:01 AM through 4/25/2020 at 12:01 AM
Yes. The order can be amended, rescinded or extended.

I provide home cleaning services for elder clients. Can I still provide this service with Stay Home order in place starting tomorrow?

The order does not prohibit this, however, since this type of business provides an increased risk to both the client and yourself, we would suggest a few safety precautions: Wear a mask to protect your elderly clients, practice social distancing, and minimize the length of time spent in the home. If either you or your client is sick, please discontinue services and stay at home.

I have someone to do yard work, but they live outside Lyon County. Will they be able to come to work?

Yes. Please remember social distancing practices when having interactions.

With regards to employment, are there directives saying what employment or businesses are considered essential?
I work in a two person office at the Church. Can we work together?

Yes, practice social distancing.

Are mechanic shops considered essential?

Mechanic shops are allowed to be open as long as they practice social distancing.

Some counties have religious exemptions. Are there any in this situation? Are churches essential businesses?

Church can be held in alternative ways if you follow social distancing guidelines.

Who do I contact for information on COVID-19 on fraudulent calls and who to report them to?
How are hotels safe?

Hotels are subject to the same social distancing and cleaning guidelines as other businesses.

Will attorneys be available if the courthouse is not open?

You will need to call their offices for that information.

Who do I call if my place of work is violating the order?

Please call Lyon County Public Health at (620) 208-3741

Are laundromats still open?

Yes. They are subject to social distancing order.
Suggestion is to use every other machine.

Are contractors allowed to continue work as long as they maintain social distancing? I am specifically asking about outside projects.

Yes they are.

I was looking for a little clarification on the Stay at Home ordinance to ensure we are following county guidelines correctly. I am the store leader at maurices inside the Flinthills Mall. At this time, we can currently be processing online orders. As long as we stay closed to the public and follow social distancing and business requirements is this permitted?

You can continue to process online orders under the guidelines you have implemented.

General COVID-19 Questions

How do I know if I have come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person? Will I be noticed once they test positive?

If a positive person has idenified you as a direct contact, you will be notified by a Lyon County Public Health staff member.

How do I know if I have come into contact with a COVID-19 positive person? Will I be noticed once they test positive?

If a positive person has idenified you as a direct contact, you will be notified by a Lyon County Public Health staff member.

Will we be notified of businesses where COVID-19 positive individuals have been?

As part of the investigation, persons are asked to identify where they have been and specific people they have come in contact with .

Is it safe to go to the doctor's office or emergency room?

Yes, they are taking precautionary measures as directed. It is recommended to call before visiting any healthcare provider, including ER.

Who do I call if I suspect I have symptoms?

Your primary healthcare provider.

Who can be tested?

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider. At this time only those that are sick enough to need to be admitted to the hospital are being tested.

If I contract COVID-19, should I quarantine away from family members that I live with?

Yes. You should isolate away from everyone.

If I contract COVID-19, will my entire family be quarantined?

Yes, if you are living in the same home, as well as anyone else you have had contact with.

If I have to travel, do I have to quarantine when home from travel?

It depends on where you traveled, based on current guidelines. Please see for the latest information.

What is asymptomatic? Can this type of person transmit the virus?

Someone who shows no symptons is asymptomatic. Yes, it is possible for them to transmit the virus, current research is ongoing.

Who is monitoring cleanliness of restaurants and stores that are open? What if the employees have symptoms?

Restaurants are subject to Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) guidelines 785-564-6767. Employers should be following their own protocals for sick employees. If you have a complaint about concerns on the order please call 620-208-3741.

Where can I find current information on COVID-19? Which sources are credible?
Are pets effected by COVID-19? If so, can they pass it to humans, or humans pass it to pets?

Per at this time, there is no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19.

If we travel to Kansas City to work in an essential service industry, do we have to come for a nose swab upon returning to Emporia?

Not unless you are exhibiting symptoms, then you should contact your primary healthcare provider.

Are hearing tests and hearing clients considered essential as far as keeping them open for business?

They are considered healthcare providers and must follow guidelines.

Can you tell me if dental offices are allowed to work?
If I close my barbershop, can I bring my clients to my house and work from home one client at a time?

No, because you can not practice social distancing cutting hair, and that would violate the order.

Due to COVID-19, we cancelled our services at the church building and conducted Facebook Live streaming service where we practiced social distancing and had the pastor, pianist, tech support, and worship leader in four separate corners of the building (more than 6 feet apart). We have no staff at the church building during the week so the only people at the building during the week are those limited person mentioned above who come for approximately 2 hours for this service. In light of the recently issued stay at home order, is this still an acceptable method to provide our service?

Yes it is, thank you for coming up with your own alternative method.

I apologize if this is repeated. It doesn’t appear like my first message went through. Our church is planning to live stream with all families in their own homes. Would you recommend we try to limit our people on site to 10 or less (pastor, tech, music) or could we have more (additional musicians, etc.)? Either way maintaining social distancing. We have differing opinions, but all want to submit to what you recommend. Thank you!

If possible, please limit to 10 or less, while practicing social distance.

Is moving considered essential? I’m signing a lease today going to move tomorrow?

As long as it is you and your family/household moving you, and you are practicing social distancing, you are fine. It would however, violate the order to have non-family/household members helping you.

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