Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County has a total to 1,418 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 6 p.m. on Sunday. 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, 15 individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been a total of six deaths. A total of 1,552 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 94 cases pending as of Sunday.


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


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 49 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1,607, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 7 positive cases to a total of 822. Gray County increased by one for a total of 22. Haskell and Kearny Counties each saw an increase of one case, bringing their totals to 18 and 40, respectively. Lane County added two cases, bringing its total to three. Stevens County added one case over the weekend, bringing its total to 27. 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 - 1,418


Ford - 1,607


Grant - 17


Gray - 22


Hamilton - 12


Haskell - 18


Kearny - 40


Lane - 3


Meade - 24


Morton - 4


Scott - 13


Seward - 822


Stanton - 8


Stevens - 27


The state of Kansas has over 9,200 confirmed positive cases.


Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening of Kansas began May 22. Finney County is in Phase 1.5 until May 31.


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.