Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 41 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 902 as of 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. It has the fourth largest case count for a county in Kansas.


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 confirmed as of Friday, a male in his 80s with underlying health conditions, 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.


Additional information, including preventative measures, can be found at www.finneycounty.org/Coronavirus .


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 108 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1135, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 25 positive cases to a total of 693. Stevens County added four cases for a total of 18, Kearny and Haskell Counties each added two cases, bringing their totals to 30 and 16, respectively. Gray County added two for a total of eight. Hamilton County had an increase of one case for a total of nine, while Scott and Morton Counties each added one case for totals of four each. Meade added one case over the weekend, bringing its total to 22. 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 12:30 p.m. on Monday:


Finney - 902


Ford - 1,135


Grant - 11


Gray - 8


Hamilton - 9


Haskell - 16


Kearny - 30


Meade - 22


Morton - 4


Scott - 4


Seward - 693


Stanton - 7


Stevens - 18


The state of Kansas has over 7,100 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.