COVID-19 Pandemic

Central Prairie Co-op takes the safety of our customers and employees extremely serious. We are asking all customers to exercise caution by visiting our offices for Central Prairie Co-op essential business only. With all of us working together and taking the proper precautions, hopefully this will slow the virus, keeping our families safe until the experts declare all is clear. – Thank you, CPC Management

Monday, April 13, 2020 – There were two more cases of Coronavirus in Reno County over the weekend bringing the total to 13. Still no cases in Rice or Ellsworth. There have been 4 cases in Barton County. The news keeps reporting that things appear to be getting better nationally with fewer people having to be hospitalized than before. Joe Schauf CEO

Friday, April 10, 2020 – Kansas now has 1106 confirmed cases of the coronavirus with 42 deaths. Dillons in McPherson reported its first case with an employee testing positive. Nationally, the trends are showing a flattening of the curve. Yesterday the CDC released some new guidelines that those people that have been exposed to the virus but show no symptoms and work in an industry that is considered essential can go to work as long as they wear a mask. At least it’s something. In the US, there have been 460,287 confirmed cases and 16,535 deaths. We are going to make it through another week. Keep up the good work, stay healthy. Joe Schauf CEO

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 – New York reported an increase in deaths yesterday, reporting their most in a single day yet. Not good news. But they also reported fewer people admitted to ICU’s for like the third day in a row so that is good news. Most news stations, fake or real, are reporting that social distancing seems to be working. So please continue to do your part. Wash hands, stay 6 ft. away from other people, and limit gatherings to 10 or less. The state of Kansas reached 900 confirmed cases of coronavirus yesterday. 223 have been hospitalized and there have been 27 deaths. Closer to home, Sedgwick County has 134 cases, Reno County has 10 cases, Barton County has 3 cases, Stafford County has 1 case, Harvey County has 4 cases, and Rice, Kingman, and Ellsworth have not reported any cases. In business news, we continue to research the SBA coronavirus relief loans and how they would affect us. Joe Schauf CEO

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 – Sedgwick County’s STAY AT HOME ORDER will go into effect Wednesday, March 25th at 12:01 a.m. and will remain into effect for 30 days, unless amended, superseded or rescinded.  The operations of Central Prairie Co-op have been designated as essential critical infrastructure within the food and agriculture sector during the COVID-19 response in accordance with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidance issued on March 19, 2020. The guidance states that employees of critical infrastructure within the food and agriculture sector are “essential to continued critical infrastructure viability.” Employees will be provided letters to carry with them in case they are pulled over. Connie Lacey SHRM-CP – Human Resources

Friday, March 20, 2020 – It’s a new day and several new cases of coronavirus in Kansas reported this morning. A letter will be mailed out to all of our patrons in the surrounding area about how CPC is handling the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are in the process of finalizing our Pandemic Policy and our Covid-19 Emergency Response Plan. Please continue exercising caution. Wash your hands often, disinfect your work areas and adhere to the 6 ft. rule as much as possible. Thanks and stay healthy.
Joe Schauf CEO

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Central Prairie Co-op knows this is not the normal way of conducting business and apologize for taking these steps, however, the Co-op has a responsibility to protect its employees and its customers health. The Co-op is trying to accomplish this by maintaining the CDC’s guideline of remaining at least 6 feet away from other people. We are asking our customers follow the following guidelines when walking into any of our locations. 1. Please put your payment in the basket/on the table. In the future please consider using our ACH option to make your payments. 2. If you need a receipt, let us know and we will mail/email it to you. 3. If you have a dispute about your statement, please call us from home to get it corrected. 4. If you are in sales, you must have an appointment. 5. No soliciting is allowed!! 6. Please leave any deliveries on the table. Thank you. David Cornelius Controller

Thursday, March 19, 2020 – Good morning everyone. Just an update on some additional measures I want you to take concerning COVID-19: 1. We are no longer allowing group gatherings at any of our locations such as morning coffee. 2. Peggy is putting kits together for all manned locations. The kits will consist of gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and disinfectant wipes. Please wipe down counters, tables, chairs, etc. multiple times a day. 3. I am asking all locations to restrict the public from coming clear up to the counters and work areas as much as possible. The less we handle the less chance of spreading the virus between our employees and the public. 4. Shane sent out an email (below) on some changes to how we handle outbound truck shipments. 5. The Open House at Hutchinson will be postponed until further notice. Thanks, and stay tuned for more updates. Joe Schauf CEO

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Effective immediately, we are asking that all truck drivers hauling the grain out of our facilities keep in their trucks as much as possible. Our intent currently is that the drivers will roll their tarps and open their traps to reduce multiple people coming in contact with their equipment. The important thing is to maintain at least a 6-foot barrier when they are outside their trucks.  Our intent is to protect both them and us. Thank You. Shane Eck Operations Manager

Monday, March 16, 2020 – Details surrounding the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus) further develop daily. We are staying abreast of these developments to provide a safe work environment for our employees and customers. For more information on steps to prevent illness and what to do if you get sick, etc. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website,, provides useful information concerning the virus.  Thank you. Connie Lacey SHRM-CP – Human Resources

Monday, March 16, 2020 – Good morning everyone. There is a lot of news recently about the COVID-19 virus. Many businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, etc. are either closing their doors for a while or at least adjusting their store hours. The CDC is now recommending canceling or postponing events with more than 50 people expected. I know some coops have annual meetings planned in the next few weeks and will probably have to postpone them. That said, Central Prairie Co-op will remain open. The animals must be fed, and the fields must get prepared for planting if and when the rain stops. But we do need to be diligent in doing what we can to protect each other and our families. If one of our employees have a temperature, we are asking them to please stay home until it passes. With everyone doing what they can to help, we will get through this. Thanks, and stay well. Joe Schauf CEO