Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 70 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 861 as of 5:30 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, 11 individuals are currently hospitalized, while there was another death on Friday, bringing the total to four.


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 94 positive confirmed cases additionally, bringing its total to 1027, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 21 positive cases to a total of 668. Kearny County saw an increase of two, bringing its total to 28 cases, and Meade County added five for a total of 21. Hamilton County saw an increase of two cases each, brings their totals to eight, while Haskell County saw an increase of five cases for a total of 14. Grant County increased of three for a total of 11 cases and Scott County also increased by one, bringing its total cases to three. 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 Friday:


Finney - 861


Ford - 1,027


Grant - 11


Gray - 6


Hamilton - 8


Haskell - 14


Kearny - 28


Meade - 21


Morton - 3


Scott - 3


Seward - 668


Stanton - 7


Stevens - 14


The state of Kansas has over 6,500 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.