The Baldwin Beacon Vol. 7, April 23, 2020



A collection of local interest items to help keep you up-to-date and informed as we work together to beat COVID-19.

The Baldwin Beacon is our guide to connect you to what you need most, whether that's health info, food & home resources, or answers to your questions. Got something you think should be included? Email media@baldwincity.org. Sign up to get future editions.

Where we are county-wide in relation to COVID-19

LDC Health released the results of their weekend population survey today. The most notable point is that 114 people who responded report currently experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Today's positive test results in Douglas County stand at 44, with 39 people recovered. Testing availability has been limited to preserve resources, and the Health Department expects the numbers of tests performed to increase in the next few weeks due to expanded testing criteria. The individuals reporting symptoms were not limited to a single location within the county - they included individuals in every city (yes, Baldwin City too) as well as rural areas.

What does all that mean? Basically - it means the social distancing and stay at home orders are working. It also means we need to continue these measures for now because people are still getting infected.

From Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department:

Read the rest of their press release here.

Council Meeting

Council Meeting Tuesday, April 21st, was held via Zoom and live streamed on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Here's the replay. Highlights: Two individuals were appointed to the Library's Board of Directors, and an Arbor Day proclamation was made for June 20, 2020.

Coming Up

  • Council and Committee Meetings have resumed their regular schedule, in a virtual format for the time being. You can see the schedule on the City Calendar.
  • Although most in-person events have been cancelled until further notice, some Sesquicentennial events may proceed in an alternative format. Stay tuned for more information.

Earth Week

Sure, you probably knew the city has a solar field, installed and maintained at Evergy's cost. We purchase power from Evergy to power a portion of Baldwin City. But did you know that around 30% of the City's energy portfolio is green energy? Find more information about the City's electric production and distribution over on the City website, and monitor the solar field's output here.

The City's Solar Field was completed in September of 2019.

County food resources

If you or someone you know is in need of food, check out this incredible list of free food resources in Douglas County. Baldwin City has several options available here in town. Click through for hours and contact information.

Utility Deferment Program FAQ

We've been listening to your questions about the new utility deferment program approved by Council two weeks ago, and here are some answers. You can also read it in blog form instead of watching a video.


Here's a little about the officers behind the masks in our community today. A HUGE thanks to each and every one of them who sent in selfies and tolerated the communications coordinators questions - you are all amazing.

Artistic Mask Distribution

Speaking of masks, the Police, Fire Department, and City have all been grateful recipients of masks from the Lumberyard Arts Center's Face Masks for Baldwin City program. Learn more about that endeavor here.

Wondering where to ask your questions?

If you need to know something related to Coronavirus, or the disease it causes, COVID-19, here's where to ask.

  1. Lawrence Douglas County Public Health Coronavirus Line: 785-856-4343. (Available 24/7)
  2. LMH Health Coronavirus Line: 785-505-2819. (Available 24/7)
  3. KDHE Coronavirus Line: 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) Open 8 am-7 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm Saturday, 1-5 pm Sunday
  4. Email: COVID-19@ks.gov
  5. Questions about Douglas County Stay at Home order: Email phorders@ldchealth.org
  6. Questions about Kansas Stay at Home order: Email keff@ks.gov

Now, because this newsletter has been a bit quiet for a few days, here's some of our favorite photos from the last week. 150 years is looking pretty good on this slice of Kansas, in our opinion.