SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County added no new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,536 as of 3:50 p.m. on Tuesday.

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 1,981 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 66 cases pending as of Tuesday.

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


Ford County saw no new positive confirmed additional cases, bringing its total to 1,852, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added no positive cases to a total of 897. Hamilton County added two cases for a total of 27, while Gray County increased by one case for a total of 23. Numbers in other counties in southwest Kansas remained constant through Wednesday.

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 - 1,536

Ford - 1,852

Grant - 17

Gray - 23

Hamilton - 27

Haskell - 22

Kearny - 46

Lane - 4

Meade - 30

Morton - 6

Scott - 15

Seward - 897

Stanton - 9

Stevens - 29

The state of Kansas has over 10,800 confirmed positive cases.

Finney County reopened on 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.