Harvey County seeking input on SPARK funds

Chad Frey
The Kansan

Harvey County is trying to give money away — $7 million in funding from the state of Kansas' Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas task force.

For a few weeks, the county commission has been looking at the requirements the state is placing on who can receive funding and for what. A local committee has been appointed to review applications for funding, and last week the commission approved hiring outside help for administration of the funding.

The commission is now turning to the internet for help.

On Wednesday, the county released a survey seeking information on organizations, how they have been affected by COVID-19 and programs they have to help vulnerable populations during the pandemic.

The survey, located at http://tiny.cc/nt2ksz, will close July 31.

This is the first of three phases of funding distributed through SPARK. The second and third phases focus on public and private entities.

According to the county, the money can be used for expenditures related to COVID-19 response. Some areas of focus for sectors could be economic development, education, health or nonprofits, but it's not necessarily limited to that.

As of Tuesday, there have been 118 COVID-19 cases of COVID-19 identified in Harvey County to date, including 114 confirmed and four probable cases. There were 31 known active cases in Harvey County, with seven individuals meeting recovery criteria. One individual remained hospitalized.

There have been 2,908 tests for COVID-19 conducted in Harvey County.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, or congestion or runny nose.

Anyone who feels they may be ill should contact their medical provider. Those who are tested for COVID-19 are asked to quarantine until they receive their test result.