Jul 27, 2020 11:31 PM

EOC works to obtain supplies for dealing with the pandemic

Posted Jul 27, 2020 11:31 PM
Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges
Geary County Emergency Management Director Garry Berges

Early in the process following the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Emergency Operations Center officials worked to obtain equipment and supplies for different agencies who were responding to it.  Emergency Management Director Garry Berges updated local elected officials on Monday. "Early on the State sent us 113 cases of personal protective equipment which we distributed out to the different agencies that needed it."

Since  then 59 cases of requested personal protective equipment and supplies for partners, testing supplies and test kits for Geary Community Hospital and for Konza Prairie Community Health Center." They also requested help in contact tracing for the Health Department on COVID-19 positive cases and medicine was requested for a COVID-19 patient that was in the intensive care unit.

Initially until about one month ago the EOC operated every day with members meeting every day to discuss necessary actions. There were representatives from the Geary County Sheriff's Department, Health Department. Junction City Police Department, Emergency Management and Junction City Fire / EMS. There were other participants from USD 475, Grandview Plaza police and fire, City of Milford, Geary Community Hospital, Konza Prairie Community Health Center, Geary County Commission, and the Fort Riley Emergency Management Office. The EOC now meets weekly and they provide daily postings to social media. 

Monday was day 137 of the Emergency Operations Center activity.