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Posted Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 4:54pm

Douglas County and its Unified Command partners announce the opening of a new hotel-based shelter for members of the public in need of isolation or quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test or possible exposure. Led by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM) and local community referral partners, the new shelter will open today (Nov. 24) at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 740 Iowa Street. Funding is being provided through KDEM.

Posted Monday, November 23, 2020 - 1:22pm

Douglas County Government’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Additionally, the Douglas County Commission will not meet on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250.

Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 5:13pm

Amid an unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Douglas County’s bond rating from AA1 to the top rating of AAA, the highest possible rating an entity can receive, with a stable outlook.

According to Moody’s, the upgrade reflects the county’s trend of stable financial operations and strong operating reserves coupled with low debt and pension burdens. The strong credit factors are further supported by the county’s conservative budgeting practices that also mitigate the impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Posted Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:10pm

A virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony for Transitions, hosted by the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and Douglas County, will be at noon, Friday, Nov. 20. The event will be live streamed on the Bert Nash Center Facebook page at facebook.com/bertnashcenter.

Posted Monday, November 9, 2020 - 1:13pm

Douglas County Government’s offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. The Douglas County Commission will not have a meeting.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Dispatch Center and Criminal Justice Services will be operating. If you have an emergency, please call 911. If you have a non-emergency, call 785-843–0250.

Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 7:10pm

General Election 2020 results for Douglas County will be published at: http://dgcoks.org/election2020.

Posted Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 4:41pm

A temporary, supported campground was set up on Nov. 3 in Woody Park. The campground will provide temporary shelter for up to 20 individuals with underlying health conditions living in unsheltered, unsafe living environments as screened and identified by the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).

Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:00am

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Cottages at Green Lake, 930 W. Second St., will be at noon Friday, Nov. 6. The Cottages will provide permanent supportive housing for individuals with serious persistent mental illness. Supportive housing is a combination of affordable housing and supportive services designed to help vulnerable individuals and families use stable housing as a platform for health and recovery.

Posted Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:25pm

Need to get rid of an old TV, phone or computer? The Lawrence & Douglas County Sustainability Office has teamed up with Teknix Solutions to offer an Electronics Recycling event. The event will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the KU parking lot at the northwest corner of Iowa Street and Clinton Parkway.

Materials that will be accepted:

Posted Friday, October 16, 2020 - 3:19pm

Lawrence Mayor Jennifer Ananda facilitated a discussion about data analysis for racial and ethnic disparities during the Douglas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s virtual meeting on Oct. 14. Ananda chairs the Racial and Ethnic Disparities work group, which was seeking direction from the Council members about what they would hope to learn from an analysis of racial data.

For example, she asked: Do you want to focus on individual behaviors or policies, procedures and statutes that are disproportionately impacting the community.

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