SWKS COVID-19 update

Finney County added one more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Friday morning, bringing the total to 22.


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.


Of the Finney County cases, four individuals are hospitalized and 18 have quarantined at home according to the Finney County Health Department. Eight cases have recovered and there has been one death.


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


OFF-SITE TESTING LOCATION


As more positive cases of COVID-19 in Finney County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is providing additional testing supplies to the Finney County Health Department in an effort to increase the number of tests performed, providing more data on the region, and help reduce the spread in Southwest Kansas.


FCHD will relocate their COVID-19 testing functions to an off-site center at the Finney County Fairgrounds, 209 Lake Ave., to perform more tests and reduce the risk of exposure to staff and patients at the Health Department facility. Operations at the off-site center are the same COVID-19 functions the Finney County Health Department currently provides according to a FCHD release.


The off-site center will begin testing individuals on Monday, April 20 and will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment only.


To be tested at the site, individuals should:


- Individuals who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or are symptomatic must call the local COVID-19 Hotline at (620) 272-3600 to be screened over the phone.


- Those who meet the testing criteria will be given an appointment time and instructions to drive through the off-site center to receive their testing.


- The off-site center has the capacity to test 50 individuals by appointment each day. 
Individuals without an appointment will be directed to leave the center, call the hotline for prescreening, and make an appointment if they meet the testing criteria.


If an individual is experiencing symptoms such as, a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, please call the Finney County Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Hotline at (620) 272-3600 to have your symptoms screened.


For additional information on the drive-through site, please go to https:/


www.finneycounty.org/755/Coronavirus-COVID-19.


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County added 33 positive confirmed cases as of Friday morning, bringing its total to 84. Seward County saw a jump of 14 positive cases to 24 total, while Stanton County added one case to bring its total to three. Numbers in other counties in southwest Kansas remained constant.


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


Finney - 22


Ford - 84


Hamilton - 1


Morton - 2


Scott - 1


Seward - 24


Stanton - 3


Stevens - 3


The state of Kansas has over 1,700 confirmed positive cases.


A statewide stay at home order, for all of Kansas, has been extended until May 3.


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.