SWKS COVID-19 UPDATE Area sees by few new cases

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 6,082 as of Friday, with an increase to 33 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 11,693 cases have tested negative for COVID-19. There are 20 cases pending as of Friday. The positivity rate for this week has increased to eight percent.

The Finney County Health Department has announced that COVID-19 vaccines are now available to any person who lives or works in Kansas, 12 years of age and older. Those under 18 must have parental consent.  As of Friday, 16,933 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:  



Ford County saw two new positive confirmed additional cases, with an overall total to 5,765 as of Friday. Seward County added zero positive cases to its total of 3,870.  Hamilton and Scott Counties each increased by two cases as of Friday for overall totals of 207 and 598, respectively.  Gray County added one case for a total of 566.  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 - 6,082

Ford -  5,765

Grant -  945

Gray -  566

Greeley - 104

Hamilton -  207

Haskell  -  419

Kearny  -  572

Lane  -  128

Meade -  515

Morton -  264

Scott  -  598

Seward -  3,870

Stanton -  185

Stevens -  558

Wichita Co. - 216

The state of Kansas has over 312,900 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.