SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County added four positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,522 as of 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. 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, three individuals are currently hospitalized, and there has been a total to 10 deaths. A total of 1,846 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 77 cases pending as of Thursday.

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


Ford County saw 19 positive confirmed additional cases over the weekend, bringing its total to 1,823, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added four positive cases to a total of 889. Numbers in other counties in southwest Kansas remained constant through Friday.

Here’s a look at the totals of positive confirmed COVID-19 cases, listed by the KDHE, as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday:

Finney - 1,522

Ford - 1,823

Grant - 17

Gray - 22

Hamilton - 22

Haskell - 22

Kearny - 45

Lane - 4

Meade - 30

Morton - 6

Scott - 14

Seward - 889

Stanton - 9

Stevens - 29

The state of Kansas has over 10,300 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.