Finney County surpasses 1,000 positive cases

Finney County added 39 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,031 as of 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday according to the Finney County Health Department. The number places Finney County as the third largest positive cases 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, an additional death, a male in his 80s with underlying health conditions, has been reported by the FCHD on Wednesday, bringing the total to five. A total of 969 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 367 cases pending.


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 97 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1232, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 39 positive cases to a total of 732. Kearny County added four cases for a total of 34, while Scott County saw an increase of two cases bringing its total to six. Grant and Gray Counties increased by one each, bringing their county totals to 12 and nine, respectively. Hamilton County added one to reach 10 cases, and Stanton County added one case to go to a total of eight. 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 Wednesday:


Finney - 1,031


Ford - 1,232


Grant - 12


Gray - 9


Hamilton - 10


Haskell - 16


Kearny - 34


Meade - 22


Morton - 4


Scott - 6


Seward - 732


Stanton - 8


Stevens - 18


The state of Kansas has over 7,400 confirmed positive cases.


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


The Finney County Health Department recommends practicing 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.