SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County, as of Thursday afternoon, stood at a total of 1,575 positive confirmed COVID-19 cases. No updated numbers for Finney County were available from the FCHD by 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

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 five individual currently hospitalized as of Thursday afternoon, and there has been a total to 10 deaths. A total of 2,469 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 81 cases pending as of Thursday.

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


Ford County saw eighth new positive confirmed additional cases over the holiday weekend, moving its total to 2,016 as of Monday. Seward County added 29 positive cases to its total of 1,002.

Haskell County added six cases over the weekend for a total of 30, while Grant County saw a five case increase for a total of 51. Hamilton and Stanton Counties each added two positive cases for totals of 35 and 12, respectively. Gray County added one case for 27 total as of Monday and Stevens County added one case also, for a total of 32.

Numbers in other counties in southwest Kansas remained constant through Monday.

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 - 1,575

Ford - 2,016

Grant - 51

Gray - 27

Hamilton - 35

Haskell - 26

Kearny - 48

Lane - 5

Meade - 30

Morton - 7

Scott - 16

Seward - 1,002

Stanton - 12

Stevens - 32

The state of Kansas has over 16,900 confirmed positive cases as of Monday.

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.