Finney County records first COVID-19 death

The Finney County Health Department confirmed the first death of a Finney County resident related to COVID-19 on Tuesday.


The local individual was in her 50s and had underlying health conditions according to a release from the department. At this time, FCHD is notifying anyone who may have had contact with the individual as a part of their disease investigation.


FCHD announced Monday that people who had shopped at Tienda Variedades Candy, 107 N. Jennie Barker Rd., between March 16-30, may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). Multiple people in Finney County who had shopped at this location have since become ill and tested positive for COVID- 19.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste of smell.


FCHD asks individuals who have shopped at Tienda Variedades Candy and have since developed symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please stay home and report your symptoms to the Finney County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at 620-272-3600 to be appropriately screened.


Tienda Variedades Candy has been notified and the store has remained closed since March 30. Before reopening, the facility will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized as outlined by CDC and KDHE guidelines.


Finney County Health Department wants to remind citizens of the importance of staying home and social distancing to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Stay home. Only leave your house for essential reasons. When you leave your house, stay six feet apart from other people and wear a cloth face mask when social distancing is difficult to maintain.


SWKS COVID-19 Update


No additional cases have been reported in Finney County as of noon Tuesday.


Of the Finney County cases, three individuals are hospitalized and 14 are quarantined at home according to the Finney County Health Department. Eight cases have recovered and there has been one death.


At this time, Finney County is not considered a community spread region according to the Finney County Health Department. The KDHE defines community spread as five cases of unrelated origin or connection, and Finney County does not meet that criteria.


Additional information, including preventative measures, can be found at www.finneycounty.org/Coronavirus .


Here’s a look at the totals of positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, listed by the KDHE, as of noon on Tuesday:


Finney - 17


Ford - 16


Hamilton - 1


Morton - 1


Scott - 1


Seward - 6


Stanton - 2


Stevens - 2


The state of Kansas has over 1,400 confirmed positive cases.


A statewide stay at home order, for all of Kansas, is in effect and is set to expire on April 19.


Call Finney County’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline, at (620) 272-3600  if you have recently traveled to a known infected area, have had exposure to someone who has COVID-19, or are experiencing mild to severe respiratory illness, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.