SWKS COVID-19 update

By The Telegram staff
The Finney County Health Department is located at 919 Zerr Rd. It is the location now for the county's mass COVID-19 vaccination site.

Finney County added three new positive confirmed COVID-19 cases with an overall total of 6,045 as of Wednesday, with an increase to 24 active positive cases being monitored.

Of the Finney County cases, there is one individual currently hospitalized as of Wednesday, and there has been a total to 49 deaths.  A total of 11,370 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 24 cases pending as of Wednesday. The positivity rate for this week has increased to three percent.

The Finney County Health Department has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now available to any person who lives or works in Kansas, 18 years of age and older.  As of Monday, 15,532 vaccines have been given. This number includes second-dose vaccines.

At this time, vaccinations at the Finney County site are only for those who live or work in Finney County, according to the Finney County Health Department.  The FCHD has set up an online COVID-19 Resource Hub for Finney County at:  

https://finney-county-coronavirus-response-finneycountygis.hub.arcgis.com

SOUTHWEST KANSAS NUMBERS

Ford County saw five new positive confirmed additional cases, with an overall total to 5,740 as of Wednesday. Seward County added one positive cases to its total of 3,852.  Meade County increased by four cases for an overall total of 513.  Scott County added two cases for a total of 585.  Numbers in other southwest Kansas counties remained constant through Wednesday.

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 Wednesday.

Finney - 6,045

Ford -  5,740

Grant -  941

Gray -  562

Greeley - 104

Hamilton -  202

Haskell  -  418

Kearny  -  566

Lane  -  126

Meade -  513

Morton -  255

Scott  -  585

Seward -  3,852

Stanton -  184

Stevens -  558

Wichita Co. - 216

The state of Kansas has over 308,500 confirmed positive cases as of Wednesday.

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.