SWKS COVID-19 update: multiple positive cases confirmed at Tyson

The Finney County Health Department has confirmed multiple positive cases of COVID-19 among employees at the Tyson Foods plant in Finney County in a release on Wednesday.

As more positive confirmations of COVID-19 occur across the county, local health officials have determined there is evidence of community spread of the disease.

The Finney County Health Department defines community spread as “five or more positive cases where the source is unable to be traced.” This has been determined due to the number of positive cases not related to in or out-of-state travel and evidence of the disease being spread from person-to-person in Finney County.

Governor Kelly’s office issued a press release on Sunday regarding additional testing supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE) being sent to Finney County to better equip the county to respond to the positive cases. This is a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal partners to protect the nation’s food supply and health of our essential food workers. The supplies were delivered to Finney County on Sunday via Blackhawk helicopter.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to test and contain the recent clusters of positive coronavirus cases in Kansas counties centered around food and meat processing plants.

Finney County added nine more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 51 as of noon on Wednesday.

Of the Finney County cases, five individuals have been hospitalized and 46 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 .


Ford County saw 21 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 208. Seward County added four positive cases to a total of 84. 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 Wednesday:

Finney - 51

Ford - 208

Hamilton - 1

Haskell - 1

Kearny - 4

Morton - 2

Scott - 1

Seward - 84

Stanton - 3

Stevens - 4

The state of Kansas has over 2,200 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, shortness of breath and loss of taste or smell.