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 and remained at a total of 1,537 as of 1:40 p.m. on Thursday.

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, there are no individuals are currently hospitalized as of Thursday, and there has been a total to 10 deaths. A total of 2,056 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 28 cases pending as of Thursday.

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


Ford County saw five new positive confirmed additional cases as of Friday, moving its total to 1,857, the largest total for a county in Kansas. Seward County added two positive cases to a total of 899. Hamilton County added four cases for a total of 31, while Stevens County increased by one case for a total of 30. 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 - 1,537

Ford - 1,857

Grant - 17

Gray - 23

Hamilton - 31

Haskell - 22

Kearny - 46

Lane - 4

Meade - 30

Morton - 6

Scott - 15

Seward - 899

Stanton - 9

Stevens - 30

The state of Kansas has over 11,000 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.