SWKS COVID-19 update

The Finney County Health Department has announced that the local COVID-19 hotline will change its hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, to streamline the calling process to the FCHD’s operating hours.

St. Catherine Hospital’s emergency department had been answering calls after hours, but the FCHD is responsible for making test appointments from the calls received.

If an individual is experiencing a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell, or suspects possible exposure to COVID-19, call the Finney County COVID-19 hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at (620) 272-3600.

Finney County added 35 more positive confirmed COVID-19 case, bringing the total to 162 as of 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

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.

Of the Finney County cases, five individuals have been hospitalized and 157 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 69 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 419. Seward County added 75 positive cases to a total of 307. Hamilton County saw an increase of one, bringing its total to two and Haskell County added one to bring its total to seven. 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 Saturday:

Finney - 162

Ford - 419

Grant - 1

Gray - 2

Hamilton - 2

Haskell - 7

Kearny - 10

Meade - 1

Morton - 2

Scott - 1

Seward - 307

Stanton - 4

Stevens - 6

The state of Kansas has over 3,000 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, chills, headache, sore throat, lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing), loss of taste or smell.