Health & Wellness Updates: COVID-19

USD 428 has developed this page to provide updates on the status of COVID-19 and our school community.

  • Our goal is to protect the health and safety of everyone in Great Bend Schools and in our community.

  • Updated information will be provided as it becomes available. Parents/guardians can watch for updated via email. This site will also be updated.

  • The USD 428 District Education Center will be available by phone, email or stop by. Office hours are 7am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

COVID-19 Incidents

Updated: 8/24/20

All reported COVID-19 incidents related to Great Bend USD 428 will be posted to this page. Once the district learns of a COVID-19 incident the following steps will be followed:

  • Isolate individuals if present

  • Consult with Barton County Health Department (BCHD)

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect any affected areas

  • Contact trace within USD 428 to determine close contacts*

  • Immediately notify anyone determined to have had close contact

  • Notify anyone who may have been in proximity

  • Advise of any required self-quarantine

  • Follow any additional recommendations from BCHD

*close contact is defined as anyone who has been closer than 6 feet for longer than 10 cumulative minutes


Below is a list of reported COVID-19 incidents related to Great Bend USD 428.

Covid Incidents

Everyone can help protect the family

Everyone can help maintain a healthy community and reduce illness with simple healthy practices, adhering to travel guidelines and reducing contact with others when sick.

  • Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Continue practicing preventive actions. This includes washing your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds; cleaning frequently touched surfaces daily, covering your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and avoiding touching your face.

  • Practice Social Distancing - Following the Stay-home order in Kansas, you should refrain from all unnecessary travel and exercise extreme precaution when visiting the grocery store or other outings.

COVID-19 Stability (Source: New England Journal of Medicine):

  • 3 Hours in Air

  • 4 Hours on Copper Surfaces

  • 24 Hours on Cardboard

  • 2-3 Days on Plastic and Stainless Steel

Understand the origin of COVID-19

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak of COVID-19 caused by novel coronavirus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first case in the United States was announced on Jan. 21 in the state of Washington. This situation is rapidly changing and the CDC's COVID-19 in the U.S. webpage will have the most updated number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases.

This illustration, created at the CDC, is of the novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness COVID-19.