SWKS COVID-19 update

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

Finney County added nine new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases with an overall total of 6,002 as of Thursday, with an increase to 23 active positive cases being monitored.

Of the Finney County cases, there is one individual currently hospitalized as of Thursday, and there has been a total to 49 deaths.  A total of 10,775 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 37 cases pending as of Thursday. The positivity rate for this week has decreased to six 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.”

The FCHD has set up an online COVID-19 Resource Hub for Finney County at:  



Ford County saw five new positive confirmed additional cases, moving its overall total to 5,637 as of Friday. Seward County added three positive cases to its total of 3,816.   Scott County increased by two cases as of Friday for an overall total of 574 positive cases.  Haskell and Meade Counties added one case each for totals of 413 and 501, 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 - 6,002

Ford -  5,637

Grant -  932

Gray -  555

Greeley - 102

Hamilton -  201

Haskell  -  413

Kearny  -  560

Lane  -  125

Meade -  501

Morton -  254

Scott  -  574

Seward -  3,816

Stanton -  184

Stevens -  547

Wichita Co. - 216

The state of Kansas has over 299,500 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.