Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 32 more positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 1,363 as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday. 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, 10 individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been a total of six deaths. A total of 1,443 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 202 cases pending as of Wednesday evening.


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


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 37 positive confirmed additional cases, bringing its total to 1440, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 19 positive cases to a total of 799. Kearny County added two cases for a total of 40. Grant and Gray Counties each saw an increase of two, bringing each of their totals to 16. 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 - 1,363


Ford - 1,440


Grant - 16


Gray - 16


Hamilton - 11


Haskell - 16


Kearny - 40


Meade - 22


Morton - 4


Scott - 12


Seward - 799


Stanton - 8


Stevens - 26


The state of Kansas has over 8,500 confirmed positive cases.


Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening of Kansas begin today, May 22.


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.