SWKS COVID-19 update

The Telegram staff
The Finney County Health Department is located at 919 Zerr Rd.

Finney County added 15 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,481 as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday. 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, nine individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been a total of eight deaths. A total of 1,748 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 73 cases pending as of Friday evening.

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


Ford County saw 52 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1,790, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added six positive cases to a total of 872. Meade and Hamilton Counties saw an increase of two each, bringing their totals to 31 and 20, respectively. Morton County added one case for a total of six cases, while Scott County added one case over the weekend for a total of 14. Stanton County has one additional case for a total of 10. 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 - 1,481

Ford - 1,790

Grant - 17

Gray - 22

Hamilton - 20

Haskell - 21

Kearny - 45

Lane - 3

Meade - 31

Morton - 6

Scott - 14

Seward - 872

Stanton - 10

Stevens - 29

The state of Kansas has over 10,00 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.