COVID-19 Information and Resources

Updated Basic COVID Information

Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Local COVID-19 Testing, to quickly identify free testing locations, including locations in Topeka. One location is in the parking lot of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Make an appointment at  

Additional local testing locations and options are updated on the website of the Shawnee County Health Department. Shawnee County residents should first call their Primary Care Provider to see if testing is available through that clinic location. Always call ahead before entering a primary care clinic.

Local COVID-19 Vaccine

The Shawnee County Health Department Vaccine page is the most current source of information for Shawnee County and includes links to partners and other information about COVID vaccine in our county.

Individuals or organizations that fit the outlined Phase 2 criteria, and who are interested in receiving  a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 2 are encouraged to complete the following survey: Individuals that are unable to complete the survey online may call the COVID Hotline at  785.251.4949 for assistance in completing the survey. Other community groups may also help individuals complete this interest survey. Individuals will be contacted to make an appointment when vaccine is available. 

Local COVID-19 Information

Shawnee County Community Transmission Score 02/18/2021

For a more detailed explanation of the score, view the Scorecard

Frequently Asked Questions and Fact Sheets from the Shawnee County Health Department

Shawnee County




Mental Health Crisis Lines


  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line Valeo (ages 18+) Open 24/7 1-785-234-3300
  • Valeo Covid Crisis CounselingValeo COVID Crisis Counseling services 1-785-233-1730 ext 4152 through or 1-800-273-8255

Family Service & Guidance Center

  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line FSGC (17 & under) Open 24/7 1-785-232-5005
  • FSGC Stronger TopetherFamily Service & Guidance Center is participating in a State of Kansas initiative called “Kansas: Stronger Together.” Anyone who is struggling due to COVID-19 can visit and a staff member will get back to them to help connect them to local resources and information.

Community Resource and Referral Line – 211

  • United Way 211 – Dial 211 from any phone to speak with a referral specialist 24 hours a day about COVID-19 or any other service needs you may have. Available in English and Spanish. 211

Resources for Food and Assistance

Tax Forms and Assistance

Tax Forms and Assistance links to local resources and state/federal forms.

Eviction Prevention

Housing and Credit Counseling Inc

WiFi Access

WiFi Access in the library’s parking lot, community centers and other locations.

Local News Resources

Local news sources provide recent updated information on this emerging situation in our community.

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book discussion leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, and frequent library customer. She loves her kids, being a librarian, living in Topeka, and helping people form connections and community. (She's the Community Connections Librarian!) She reads a new book every few days, but is enjoying the audiobook of "Empress of Forever" by Max Gladstone, the ebook "When We Were Magic" by Sarah Gailey and is eagerly awaiting John Scalzi's "The Last Emperox" in April!