Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County has added 33 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,451 as of 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 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, 14 individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been two additional deaths since Sunday, bringing the total of eight. One was a male in his 70s with no underlying medical conditions, and the second was a male in his 60s with underlying medical conditions. A total of 1,620 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 89 cases pending as of Sunday.


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


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 21 positive confirmed additional cases, bringing its total to 1,628, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 16 positive cases to a total of 838. Hamilton County saw an increase of six, bringing its total to 18 while Kearny County added four, for a total of 44 cases. Meade County saw an increase of two for 26 total, and Stanton County added one case for a total of nine. 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 - 1,451


Ford - 1,628


Grant - 17


Gray - 22


Hamilton - 18


Haskell - 18


Kearny - 44


Lane - 3


Meade - 26


Morton - 4


Scott - 13


Seward - 838


Stanton - 9


Stevens - 27


The state of Kansas has over 9,300 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.