Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 81 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 740 as of 5:30 p.m. 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.


Of the Finney County cases, 11 individuals are currently hospitalized and 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 53 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 933. Seward County added 21 positive cases to a total of 647. Kearny County saw an increase of two, bringing its total to 26 cases, and Meade County added three for a total of 16. Hamilton and Stevens Counties saw an increase of two cases each, brings their totals to six and 14, respectively. Grant County increased by one for a total of eight cases and Haskell County also increased by one, bringing its total cases to nine. 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 Thursday:


Finney - 740


Ford - 993


Grant - 8


Gray - 6


Hamilton - 6


Haskell - 9


Kearny - 26


Meade - 16


Morton - 3


Scott - 2


Seward - 647


Stanton - 7


Stevens - 14


The state of Kansas has over 6,100 confirmed positive cases.


Phase One of the governor’s reopening of Kansas began May 4.


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.