SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County added four new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases for a total of 1,562 as of 5 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.”

Of the Finney County cases, there are six individual currently hospitalized as of Thursday, and there has been a total to 10 deaths. A total of 2,313 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 71 cases pending as of Thursday.

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


Ford County saw 20 new positive confirmed additional cases, moving its total to 1,983 as of Friday. Seward County added 17 positive cases to its total of 956 over the weekend. Grant County added five new cases for a total of 39, while Gray County added two cases for a total of 26. Kearny and Morton Counties each added one case, for totals of 48 and seven, respectively. 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 - 1,562

Ford - 1,983

Grant - 39

Gray - 26

Hamilton - 32

Haskell - 23

Kearny - 48

Lane - 5

Meade - 30

Morton - 7

Scott - 16

Seward - 956

Stanton - 10

Stevens - 30

The state of Kansas has over 13,500 confirmed positive cases as of Friday.

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.