Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update
Finney County added 59 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,234 as of 5 p.m. on Friday. Ford and Finney Counties move in to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, for Kansas counties with the highest number of positive confirmed cases as of 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, eight individuals are currently hospitalized, and a total of five deaths. A total of 1,276 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 222 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 67 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1299, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 21 positive cases to a total of 753. Wichita County saw its first positive confirmed case. Kearny County added two cases for a total of 36, while Scott County saw an increase of one case bringing its total to seven. Stevens County increased by seven, bringing its total to 25. 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 Friday:
Finney - 1,234
Ford - 1,299
Grant - 12
Gray - 9
Hamilton - 10
Haskell - 16
Kearny - 36
Meade - 22
Morton - 4
Scott - 7
Seward - 753
Stanton - 8
Stevens - 25
Wichita Co. - 1
The state of Kansas has over 7,800 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.