Douglas County to extend Phase 3 for 2 more weeks, per health order

photo by: Associated Press

Vehicles line up for coronavirus testing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, May 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Douglas County will remain in Phase 3 of the state’s Ad Astra reopening plan for an additional two weeks, according to a health order issued Thursday by Douglas County’s health officer.

In addition to ordering bars closed for the next two weeks, health officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino’s order also recommended that Douglas County remain in Phase 3 in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Phase 3 prohibits gatherings larger than 45 people, and businesses must maintain social-distancing guidelines. As the Journal-World has reported, masks are now required in public places where social distancing is not possible.

Marcellino previously extended Phase 3 for an additional two weeks on June 19.

As of Thursday, Douglas County had reported 200 cases of COVID-19, and 100 of those cases had recovered. Two patients at Lawrence’s hospital had COVID-19 on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the City of Lawrence announced that two part-time workers at the snack bar at Eagle Bend Golf Course tested positive for COVID-19. Attempts to notify those who may have had contact with the employees are in progress, the news release said. The city is asking anyone who was at the course between June 22 and 29 to monitor themselves for symptoms.

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