​Simply...Garnett, Kansas

Simply...Garnett, Kansas

MARCH 20, 2020: Suggested Facebook pages for local updates and information, including job postings, food distribution, business and restaurant information that makes this difficult time better for the people we serve.

@GarnettKS - City of Garnett Official Page

@ANCOSEM - Anderson County Fire and Emergency Management Official Page


For ongoing cancellations, please visit our Bulletin Board and Community Calendar.

Garnett/Anderson County (ACDA) Economic Development provides information on COVID-19 Economic Relief Resources for local small businesses and industries.  Learn more

MARCH 25, 2020:  In an effort to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Virus all playgrounds within the City of Garnett Parks are closed to the public. With the potential of the virus surviving on metal and plastic up to 72 hours and our inability to keep things safely sanitized between frequent uses we request that you refrain from using the park equipment.  However our other park areas and trails are still open to the public. PLEASE READ


MARCH 18, 2020: Most restaurants and bars in the Garnett area have chosen to adhere to guidelines of social distancing inside their facilities and/or chosen to provide "to-go" food service options. 

Kansas Governor Signs State of Distaster Emergency Proclamation for all 105 Counties.


Governor Kelly announced her plans to reopen the state during her address to the people on April 30, 2020. We have provided an "Open Garnett Again" page on this website to help connect you with valuable resources as we enter the "phase-in" approach. Learn more.


As part of ongoing efforts to limit the spread of novel coronavirus in Kansas, today Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-16, making Kansas the 22nd state in the nation to institute a temporary, statewide stay-home order. It will exist in conjunction with the Kansas Essential Function Framework for COVID-19 response efforts and will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 30. The measure will be in place at least until Sunday, April 19.

View Statement            View Executive Order 20-16 - Stay Home Order

Anderson County Hospital sets up COVID-19 drive-thru testing site

PLEASE NOTE: All County and School facilities are closed to the public at this time.​ Please call City Hall at (785) 448-5496 during regular business hours. We are open and we will do our best to assist you. Drive-up window service is open 8:30-5:00 p.m., M-F.


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MARCH 16, 2020: Garnett Recreation Announcement -

Facility Access/Programs Suspended - Effective Monday March 16th 2020 12:00 pm
  While it has always been our intent to keep the City of Garnett Recreation Center open as long as possible, the health and safety of our patrons and staff are always our first priority. So, we wanted to share some tough decisions that have been made.
  The City of Garnett staff met this morning to discuss the COVID-19 virus pandemic and its effect on our parks and facilities. Earlier President Trump had declared a National State of Emergency, Governor Laura Kelly declared a State of Emergency in Kansas, and the Center for Disease Control has posted guidelines for public benefit. As a result, it has been recommended to city staff that all parks and recreation activities be suspended until further notice, including fitness classes and youth rec leagues, and access to the Recreation Center will be temporarily suspended until further notice. All closures and cancellations will begin at 12pm on Monday March 16th. We will re-evaluate the impact of this virus on our parks and facilities on Monday, March 23, and will communicate any changes.
  Thank you always for your continued support and understanding! We wish everyone health and wellness as we work through this together!!

MARCH 16, 2020:  Frontier Extension District for Anderson County announces the cancellation of all "Spring Fling" activities during this week of spring break (March 16-20).


A test confirmed on May 9, 2020 that an individual in Anderson County has COVID-19. The individual is in quarantine.  

  Please see the release provided by the Southeast Kansas Multi-County Health Department.  Release

Effective Monday March 16, 2020: Until further notice, visitors will not be allowed to enter the apartment buildings of Parkside Place I & II in Garnett. This includes family. No scheduled gatherings or activities will be held within the Garnett Housing Authority complex. This is a preventive measure by the Garnett Housing Authority to help tenants avoid potential exposure of Covid -19 (Coronavirus). While tenants will be allowed to leave their apartments, limiting access is one small safety measure to protect the health and well-being of all Parkside Place residents.

Persons with questions can call the Garnett Housing Authority Office at 785-448-6990.


(WE THINK) VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  Approved essential activities include:

  • Obtaining food, medicine and other household necessities;
  • Going to and from work at a business or organization performing an essential function as identified in the Kansas Essential Function Framework;
  • Seeking medical care;
  • Caring for children, family members or pets, or caring for a vulnerable person in another location;
  • Engaging in an outdoor activity, provided individuals maintain a distance of six feet from one another and abide by the 10-person limitation on gathering size.

MARCH 13, 2020:  Prairie Spirit Trail "Birthday Bash" scheduled for March 19th has been postponed to April 15th, 6:00 p.m., Commons Area, Anderson County Jr.-Sr. High School.

MARCH 13, 2020: Anderson County Hospital announces the postponement of the "Spring Into Fitness" event scheduled, Thursday, March 19 at Anderson County Jr.-Sr. High School during the week of spring break. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Anderson County Hospital Begins Universal Testing of All Inpatients

NO SOLICITING: The Garnett City Commission is temporarily banning the issuance of solicitor permits, until further notice, due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Garnett, KS. (March 30, 2020) – Anderson County Hospital in Garnett has set-up a temporary COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, available only to patents who have a referral from a physician.  Patients who are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms as designated by the CDC (fever of 100 degrees or higher, new cough within the last 14 days, and shortness of breath) are asked to call their provider to receive further direction. The drive-thru will be located in the north parking lot of the Family Care Center in Garnett (536 W 4th Ave) and operating Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. As patients arrive, they will be asked to follow the traffic flow, stay in their vehicle, and to be prepared to provide proof of identity and provide their date of birth. Tests will only be administered to those who arrive after a physician referral.
  Anderson County Hospital is a member of Saint Luke's Health System, which consists of 18 area hospitals and several specialty and primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.

Please see COVID-19 Notice - Animal Control Calls


MARCH 16, 2020:  The Chamber Players Community Theatre is postponing their live dinner performance, "2-Across" until further notice. Live Dinner Theatre

For information on scheduled special events and activities, please visit our Bulletin Board and Community Calendar.

First and Only Case of COVID-19 in Anderson County has recovered.

The individual confirmed on May 9, 2020 to have contracted the COVID-19 virus has since recovered and is said to be doing well. See Coronavirus Update as of May 18, 2020.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued Executive Order 20-24, extending Executive order 20-16 'stay home' order until 11:59 p.m. on May 3, 2020.

View Executive Order 20-24 - Extending Stay Home Order


Business Resources


The City of Garnett is in contact with Anderson County Emergency Management, who is working with state and local agencies. At this time, there is no known case of COVID-19 in Anderson County, including the community of Garnett. Information will be released locally when available. Here is a link to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for public information - WEBSITE.  The CDC has information - WEBSITE.

Please take necessary precautions as stated within this FAQ Document.

Cancellations may occur and we will post on our social media as we become informed by the entities involved.  


GARNETT, Ks. (May 11, 2020) – Effective Thursday, May 7, all patients admitted to a Saint Luke's Health System hospital, including Anderson County Hospital, are being tested for COVID-19. The universal inpatient COVID-19 testing approach includes patients admitted for observation as well as those fully admitted as inpatients. Additionally, all patients scheduled for a surgery or procedure will be tested for COVID-19 at the local Drive-Thru clinic in Garnett at least 48-72 hours prior to the procedure.
  Anderson County Hospital previously expanded drive-thru testing of COVID-19 to all residents in the region who met testing criteria and who were referred by a health care provider prior to arriving at the testing site.
  For non-inpatient testing, individuals must have any new symptom, including but not limited to:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Loss of smell or taste
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches

  If an individual experiences any of the designated symptoms within the last 14 days, they will need to call their provider to obtain a referral for the drive-thru test at the location set up in the Family Care Center north parking lot at 536 W. 4th Ave in Garnett.
  Heath care providers interested in learning more about coordinating testing through Anderson County Hospital, please contact Sara Roberts at sararoberts@saintlukeskc.org or 785-204-4021.

First Case of COVID-19 in Anderson County Confirmed.

APRIL 1, 2020: Cancellation now and into May include:

- Easter Eggstravaganza Festival & Easter Egg Hunt

- Spring City Wide Garage Sale Day        - City Wide Clean-Up Week

- 5K Color Splat!                                       - Denim and Diamonds Piccadilly Gala

- 48th Annual BPW Square Fair Crafts Festival