Southwest Kansas COVID-19 update

Finney County added 14 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,518 as of 3:40 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.


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, six individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been a total to 10 deaths. A total of 1,853 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 60 cases pending as of Wednesday afternoon.


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


SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS


Ford County saw 14 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1,804, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added 13 positive cases to a total of 885. Hamilton County saw an increase of two, bringing its total to 22. Haskell and Lane Counties each had an increase of one case, bringing their totals to 22 and four, respectively. 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 - 1,518


Ford - 1,804


Grant - 17


Gray - 22


Hamilton - 22


Haskell - 22


Kearny - 45


Lane - 4


Meade - 31


Morton - 6


Scott - 14


Seward - 885


Stanton - 9


Stevens - 29


The state of Kansas has over 10,100 confirmed positive cases.


Finney County is in Phase 1.5 until June 8.


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.