Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 35 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,316 as of 5:30 p.m. on Monday. Ford and Finney Counties are in to the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, for Kansas counties with the highest number of positive confirmed cases.


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, seven individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been another death, bring the total of six. A total of 1,383 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 158 cases pending as of Monday evening.


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


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 104 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1403, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 27 positive cases to a total of 780. Kearny County added two cases for a total of 38, while Scott County saw an increase of five case bringing its total to 12. Stevens County increased by one, bringing its total to 26. Grant and Gray Counties each saw an increase of two, bringing each of their totals to 14. Hamilton County added one, for a total of 11. 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 - 1,316


Ford - 1,403


Grant - 14


Gray - 14


Hamilton - 11


Haskell - 16


Kearny - 38


Meade - 22


Morton - 4


Scott - 12


Seward - 780


Stanton - 8


Stevens - 26


The state of Kansas has over 8,300 confirmed positive cases.


Phase 1.5 of the governor’s reopening of Kansas began May 18.


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.