COVID-19 Information and Resources

COVID-19 Information

What is Isolation?
Isolation is used to separate and restrict sick individuals who have a communicable disease from those who are healthy. It restricts the movement of a sick individual to help stop or slow the spread of a disease.

What is Quarantine?
Quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of well individuals who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they begin to show symptoms and become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms. Quarantine can also help limit the spread of a disease.

Isolation and quarantine are used to protect the public by preventing exposure to infected persons or to persons who may be infected. In most cases, isolation and quarantine are enforced voluntarily, however, the health department has the authority to enforce compliance. Read more at Recent Terminologies FAQ from the Shawnee County Health Department.

Shawnee County Community Transmission Score 22/24

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

Frequently Asked Questions and FactSheets from the Shawnee County Health Department

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Mental Health Crisis Lines

  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line Valeo (ages 18+) Open 24/7 1-785-234-3300
  • Shawnee County Mental Health Crisis Line FSGC (17 & under) Open 24/7 1-785-232-5005

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

United Way Resources – 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.

Community Resources Council updated local resources list for COVID-19 emerging needs

Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging coordinates services for older adults.

Food Assistance Resources

Need help finding food resources in Shawnee County? Here is a map of local food pantries, summer feeding sites and food giveaways. Enter your address to find resources nearby. Created and updated by Shawnee County K-State Research and Extension.

Eviction Prevention

The Kansas Eviction Prevention Program is a resource for tenants (and their landlords) struggling with the impact of COVID and facing eviction.

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.

Topeka Capital Journal Online

WIBW

KSNT

Kansas Reflector

Online Newspaper Access with your library card

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!