Lyon County Public Health officials announced Thursday that anyone who visited Town Royal between midnight - 1 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, may have been exposed to COVID-19. 

Town Royal, located at 405 Commercial St., is a bar. 

According to a written release from Public Health Officer Renee Hively, a patron who visited the bar on Sunday later tested positive for COVID-19.

"Due to the risk of exposure to COVID-19, individuals that visited the business during the specified date and time should contact Lyon County Public Health at 620-208-3741 and self-quarantine for 14 days," Hively said. 

She said, generally, symptoms appear between 2-14 days after exposure. 

If you become symptomatic, call the COVID Hotline at 620-208-3741 to schedule testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

• Shortness of breath

• Headache

• Fever

• Cough

• Runny Nose

• Muscle Aches

• Fatigue, Chills

• New loss of taste or smell

• Congestion

• Sore throat

• Nausea and Vomiting

• Diarrhea

Public Health officials have said they are “following KDHE’s lead” when it comes to releasing the names of businesses involved in clusters, “unless contact tracing cannot be done successfully.”

“Instead, we release cluster information under broader categories, such as private business, long term care, bars and restaurants, etc.,” they said in a recent Facebook post. “Individual businesses may choose to make public statements informing the community of clusters that have developed in their facility.”

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To all the “just get over it” people out there. You’re a real treasure in the community, real brave, saying “just get over it”. I’m guessing you are in the age group, health group that is of very low risk. Your outcome if you catch it, will unfortunately be pretty good. I bet you wouldn’t be nearly so brave if you were in the older age group or had genetic health complications such as diabetes or an autoimmune disorder. Those people might be put in the hospital for weeks. You know insurance doesn’t pay everything. Why don’t you step up and pay the hospital bills for some of these unfortunate people. They didn’t ask to get sick or infected by people who have the same selfish mentality as you.


And that is the demographic you "quarantine" you don't shut down a entire nation and wreak such economic destruction for something that kills .2% of people at best. But the saying the cure is worse than the disease will become very evident soon if it isn't already. It should be just look at the economic carnage that has already happened, wait until the commercial defaults begin and you will see real pain.


Mama always said, “Don’t argue with idiots. First they bring you down to their level and then they beat you with experience”. But, I’m going to risk it this one time. Our economy has and is continuing to shift. Hard hit industries such as bars, restaurants, tourism and airlines will recover in time. Other industries such as the trucking, Amazon, cleaning products, developing on-line classes are in high demand. In Lyon County, Fed Ex is using U-Haul trucks to deliver packages because they have been overwhelmed with business. There are researchers and engineers working on products to eliminate the effects of future pandemics. We haven’t even begun to hear about the advances in technology that will come from this pandemic. The economy is far from dead and stupidity is alive and well here in Lyon county, as usual.


Thank you for your voice of reason. But most of the remarks after yours have gone completely astray from reason. Those remarks are why we continue to see a rise in cases and deaths.

When she heard me give my address, the woman I spoke to while placing an order in another state said, "Oh, Kansas. I hear you guys are full of the virus." We make the news again.


Why don’t people just stay out of bars and quarantine.


Looks like I need spell check also.


First off I don't agree with recurve.

I would like yo know if there is any instance of anyone having covid, recuperating and then getting it again. Where ai am going with this is I believe it's time to throw away the masks and put on our big girl or boy panties and get this over with. Otherwise we could be putting up with this bull forever.

Nanny Ogg

crop duster, there were two reported cases of someone getting it twice. One person in China and one in the US. The researchers have been telling us that the antibodies to this do not last longer than a few months or a little longer.

So, please do keep masking for your own sake, if not for all of the rest of us.


Get this over with? Bull? Sounds like you are fighting Covid with nothing but your opinion and lots of impatience. And impatience is the enemy here. Apparently you have no one to protect. No elders. No one with immune disorders. Just perfect people yearning to socialize along with their other "screw 'em all" companions.


Thank you Town Royal for being a responsible member of the Emporia business community....I have been to the Royal many times,I just wish our other entities who NOW WHERE THE CLUSTERS ARE would be as responsible as the Royal...looking forward to returning to the Royal soon.


Yes—way to be, Town Royal!


these county health restriction are abserd,the only reason there doing so they can keep there jobs and high pay


That’s “absurd,” “they’re doing,” and “their jobs,” and your spelling is as bad as your logic. Do you have any idea how poorly paid public health workers are? And why would imposing protective restrictions preserve their jobs? You make no sense.

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