IMG_6928.jpg

The Lyon County Commission discusses a proposed resolution on endorsing the Convention of States during a meeting Thursday morning at the Lyon County Courthouse.

Lyon County Commissioners voted to again extend the county’s local disaster declaration, Thursday morning. The declaration remains in effect through May 6.

Lyon County Emergency Manager Jarrod Fell told commissioners he was concerned about a decline in sign-ups for people to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

“It seems to be a downward trend in those signing up for vaccine,” he said, noting that the county had 1,000 vaccines available for Thursday’s clinic and only 380 people signed up to receive vaccinations. “What I want everyone to know is, when we can’t use our vaccine that we get, our allotments, the potential is there for us not to receive more until that is used.”

Fell recommended those considering getting a vaccine to sign up at various places in the community, as vaccines are readily available.

He said certain vaccines, such as the Johnson & Johnson one-shot formula, will be becoming less available in the coming weeks as fewer doses are distributed to the state. Other vaccine formulas are still available.

“It’s a critical resource,” Fell said of the vaccines.

Fell said the Kansas National Guard remains deployed to Emporia to assist with vaccine clinics.

He said non-congregate housing remains available in the county as well.

County Health Officer Dr. Ladun Oyenuga said the county’s positivity rate was continuing to drop, but public health providers were on the lookout now for variants which have now been confirmed in the county.

The total percentage of people who have been vaccinated in the county is about 23.7%, she said.

“We’ll just keep working on our numbers,” she said.

Commissioner Rollie Martin asked Oyenuga what changes would need to be made in order to encourage more people to get vaccinated.

Oyenuga said it was about addressing the fears of younger people.

“They are more likely to be on social media,” she said. “They have a lot of information coming at them.”

She said local doctors could also help by talking with their patients about vaccines and potential side effects to help allay fears.

In other business, a proposed resolution to endorse the Convention of States failed to gain support by commissioners.

The commission was approached on March 25 by Emporia resident Dennis Moseby, who spoke in favor of the movement to push state legislatures to vote in favor of a convention.

Martin said he did agree with “some” of the ideas presented in the resolution but he had not heard from constituents regarding any interest in having commissioners sign an endorsement.

Commissioner Doug Peck also agreed there were some good points and issues that needed to be changed.

Commissioner Scott Briggs said he felt this was an issue best left to state legislature.

“I consider this their decision if they want to join this,” he said. “Personally, at this level, I don’t think we have a dog in this fight.”

County Attorney Marc Goodman said the commission was being asked to endorse it as a political agenda and he was personally “strongly opposed” to term limits.

Overall, he agreed with Briggs’ assessment.

“To move this forward, they have to have the legislature endorse it,” he said.

A resolution that received a more favorable response was a proclamation to declare the week of April 11 - 17 as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week is dedicated in honor of “the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and citizens safe.”

(5) comments

Elrod

Citizen V, people like you are the very reason we’re not finished with this virus. You’re a complete idiot, and there are places for people like you who have delusions that everybody’s out to get you.

CitizenV

You have a immune system for a reason nurture and strengthen it with proper exercise, diet and sunlight and stop buying this crap, at this point if your equating to all of this your compliant in your own enslavement (was that word not pc?)

CitizenV

Lester Holt tells me that even when your vaccinated your still at risk from catching the deadly covid virus and that 10-19 year old's (who have a survival rate of 99.9% are the new target of the virus. Let's get real they will dangle the carrot in front of your face until you have nothing left and are a slave to a system of control you cannot see or even imagine. Your not getting out from under the mask, and what you perceived as normal 14 months ago is gone forever. Papers please.

Elrod

You now can get a coved shot at all the pharmacies now so that’s an option for those that can’t go to the fairgrounds. Plus that might be why there’s fewer people going to the fairgrounds.

sweeks

Maybe the limited hours of availability to receive the vaccine are playing a role in the decline. not all employers allow for time off to get the vaccine. A Saturday or evening clinic might boost the numbers.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.