Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 53 more positive confirmed COVID-19 case, bringing the total to 323 as of 8 a.m. on Thursday.


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, seven individuals currently hospitalized and 318 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 .


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 75 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 675, and also saw its first death. Seward County added 40 positive cases to a total of 500. Grant County saw an increase of two, bringing its total to four, and Kearny County saw an increase of three bringing its total to 16 positive cases. Meade County added two case for a total of five, and Stevens County also added one, bringing its total to nine cases. 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 2 p.m. on Thursday:


Finney - 323


Ford - 675


Grant - 4


Gray - 4


Hamilton - 2


Haskell - 7


Kearny - 16


Meade - 5


Morton - 3


Seward - 500


Stanton - 4


Stevens - 9


The state of Kansas has over 4,200 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 , 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 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.