Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update
Finney County added 99 more positive confirmed COVID-19 case, bringing the total to 503 as of 7 p.m. on Friday.
The second and third deaths were confirmed by the Finney County Health Department on Friday. One is a male in his 40s with no underlying medical conditions.The third is a female in her 70s with underlying medical conditions. FCHD is continuing its disease investigation and notifying anyone who may have had contact with the individuals.
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, six individuals are currently hospitalized and 497 have quarantined at home according to the Finney County Health Department. There have been three death.
At the inception of the FCHD’s drive thru testing site, there was a capability of testing 50 individuals in a day. Since then, testing supplies have increased and now allow 140-160 individuals to be tested each day.
FCHD has issued an emergency public health order for Finney County, extending the governor’s stay at home order, through May 10.
Additional information, including preventative measures, can be found at www.finneycounty.org/Coronavirus .
SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS
Ford County saw 68 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 770, and placing it as the Kansas county with the most positive cases. Seward County added 25 positive cases to a total of 539. Meade County added four cases, bringing its total to 10, while Hamilton County saw an increase of two, bringing its total to four, and Stevens County added one for a total of 10. 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 1 p.m. on Saturday:
Finney - 503
Ford - 770
Grant - 5
Gray - 5
Hamilton - 4
Haskell - 7
Kearny - 19
Meade - 10
Morton - 3
Scott - 1
Seward - 539
Stanton - 4
Stevens - 10
The state of Kansas has over 4,700 confirmed positive cases.
A statewide stay at home order, for all of Kansas, expires at 11:59 p.m. on May 3.
The Finney County Health Department has extended the stay at home order through 11:59 p.m. on May 10. Residents should only leave their home for essential reasons, travel outside of the county only for essential purposes, and practice preventative actions such as social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and wearing a cloth facemask when in spaces where social distancing is difficult.
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.