SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County added three new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases with an overall total of 5,982 as of Friday, with an increase to 52 active positive cases being monitored.

Of the Finney County cases, there are no individuals currently hospitalized as of Friday, and there has been a total to 49 deaths.  A total of 10,479 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 48 cases pending as of Friday. The positivity rate for this week has decreased to seven percent.

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.”

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

SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS

Ford County saw seven new positive confirmed additional cases, moving its overall total to 5,569 as of Friday. Seward County added two positive cases to its total of 3,774.  Grant  and Meade Counties each increased by two cases as of Friday for totals of 926 and 493, respectively.  Stanton County also added two cases for a total of 184.  Gray and Kearny Counties each added one case for totals of 552 and 560, respectively.  Numbers in other southwest Kansas counties remained constant through Friday.

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

Finney - 5,982

Ford -  5,569

Grant -  926

Gray -  552

Greeley - 101

Hamilton -  199

Haskell  -  407

Kearny  -  560

Lane  -  124

Meade -  493

Morton -  253

Scott  -  569

Seward -  3,774

Stanton -  184

Stevens -  546

Wichita Co. - 214

The state of Kansas has over 293,600 confirmed positive cases as of Friday.

The Finney County Health Department recommends practicing preventative actions such as social distancing, washing your hands regularly, and wearing a cloth face mask 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.