TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman announced in his press briefing Wednesday afternoon that the state now has 126 positive cases of the coronavirus.
Norman said that about 4.5 percent of all tests conducted in the state have come up positive and expects the number of cases to double every three to four days, hitting the 400 mark by the end of the month. He said that he hopes the Shelter In Place/Stay at Home orders put into place by counties across the state will slow the spread of the virus.
Because of the short supply of tests, Norman said health officials are prioritizing testing first responders and healthcare workers as well as at-risk individuals such as those over 60 who have had symptoms, and people who have been in contact with individuals who have tested positive.
On Wednesday afternoon, Saline County health officials issued their latest update.
“As of 1 p.m., Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community,” the Saline County Health Deparmtment said in the update. “We are in this together.”
In a statement issued Tuesday night, County Health officials say they will be the only source to release official information regarding positive tests.
“Just because no positive cases have been reported through our official channels, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a potential for a positive case to exist within our community,” the Health Department said. “It is possible that a person hasn’t met the requirements for the testing set by KDHE and have been advised by their medical provider to self-quarantine.”
While agencies in other counties have instituted shelter-in-place orders, Saline County had not as of Wednesday afternoon. That decision is one that is made by the local Health Officer in collaboration with the County Commission, and one that Saline County’s Health Officer is not currently considering at this point.
The Saline County Health Officer has already determined that should a local order be issued, that no paperwork would be required from employers identifying essential or even non-essential employees.