Coronavirus in Kansas: 368 Confirmed Cases, 8 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are 368 cases of Coronavirus in the state, and deaths are up to eight. The latest death was reported in Crawford County in southeast Kansas. Health officials confirmed that a woman in her 40’s passed away at an ER. According to a statement released by the Crawford County Health Department, “COVID 19 testing was performed post-mortem and was positive.” They also broke down the counties with the virus: Atchison 1 Bourbon 3 Butler 3 Cherokee 2 Clay 1 Coffey 10 Crawford 5 Doniphan 1 Douglas 23 Finney 1 Franklin … Read More

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First Case of Coronavirus Identified in Saline County

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has been notified of a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Saline County. According to a statement from the Health Department, the positive case was identified through testing sent to a private lab. The case is a female in her 50’s associated with recent travel to the Kansas City area. This case is the first known case in Saline County. Due to HIPAA, no other patient information will be released. The Saline County Health Department is working to identify any close contacts of the individual. Those that were exposed will be contacted by … Read More

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Kansas Governor Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on Saturday a statewide mandate stay-at-home order to stem the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Kelly said the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 30th and last through April 19th. The executive order clarifies that essential business can still operate. The stay-at-home order issued for Saline County on Friday and also goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. and is in effect for 30 days.

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Pavement Sealing Work Continues Monday

SALINA – Beginning Monday, March 30 and continuing through Friday, April 3, Circle C Construction of Goddard will continue sealing cracks on the following City of Salina streets, weather permitting: Residents will be asked to remove their cars from streets to facilitate the work, which will take place generally between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Access to properties within work zones will be maintained at all times. “Road Work Ahead” signs will be placed in advance of work zones, and temporary single-lane closures are to be expected. Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when approaching work … Read More

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Dense Fog, Wind Advisories Issued for Saturday

DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING… WIND ADVISORY WILL BE IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT THIS EVENING… For the counties of: Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson. Including the cities of Russell, Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Wilson, Salina, Lyons, Sterling, and McPherson. * WHAT…For the Dense Fog Advisory, visibility as low as a quarter of a mile. For the Wind Advisory, west winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph expected. * WHERE…Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson and Reno Counties. * … Read More

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Updated Information for Saline County Stay at Home Order

SALINA – A stay at home order has been put in place for Saline County, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 30, and will be in effect for 30 days, unless it is amended by the Saline County Health Officer or rescinded. Under the order, issued at a Friday afternoon press conference, residents will be required to stay home unless they have essential needs. Essential businesses will remain open including grocery stores, health care facilities, childcare facilities, and pharmacies. Below is some additional information from Saline County officials regarding the order. The following is a complete list … Read More

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Salina Regional Health Center Confirms Hospital Employee Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

SALINA – Salina Regional Health Center was informed last night that one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. A full investigation, as outlined by CDC and KDHE, is underway to determine previous contacts with the employee. According to a media release from hospital officials, any patient, visitor or employee that is deemed at risk for potential exposure will be notified by Infection Control with further instructions. Health care workers on the front lines of caring for the community day-in and day-out – especially during times like this – nobly accept the challenges in front of us. All of our … Read More

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Salina Police, Crime Stoppers Seeking Tips in Recent Counterfeit Case

SALINA – Salina Police and Crime Stoppers are seeking information to help identify two individuals involved in the recent passing of counterfeit cash at a Salina business. According to a media release, Salina Police were called to the 24/7 Travel Store, 2230 N. 9th, on March 15th in regards to two subjects who had passed counterfeit bills. Store employees reported two men came into the store at 1:07 a.m., made purchases, and provided counterfeit currency during the transactions. The two persons of interest were observed on video surveillance. One of the subjects was described as a white male wearing a … Read More

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Salina Fire Department Has Request for Temporarily Closed Businesses

SALINA – The Salina Fire Department has made a request to local businesses that are closed or will be closing temporarily due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Department issued a statement Thursday after their Prevention Division discovered a local business that was boarded up. “We would like to get a message out to any business that may need to temporarily close during this crisis, to reach out to the Salina Fire Department so that arrangements can be made to ensure our ability to access the property if a fire alarm, sprinkler system activation or actual fire emergency occurs,” the … Read More

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First Case of Coronavirus Identified in McPherson County

MCPHERSON – The McPherson County Health Department on Thursday evening announced the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in McPherson County. According to a media release, testing sent to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s laboratories identified the positive case. The case involves a female patient above the age of 70 with known recent cruise ship travel. The patient is currently recovering in isolation at home. The McPherson County Health Department is working to identify any close contacts of the individual and those who were exposed will be contacted as soon as possible. “We will be monitoring these contacts for … Read More

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City of Salina to Close Playgrounds and Picnic Shelters Friday

SALINA – Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus and in keeping with best practices for the continued health of the community, all playgrounds and picnic shelters operated by the City of Salina are being closed to the public beginning Friday, March 27, and will remain closed until further notice. Playgrounds and picnic shelters affected by this closure are: Bill Burke Park, Centennial Park, Country Club Park, East Crawford Recreation Area, Gleniffer Hill Park, Hawthorne Park, Indian Rock Park, Jerry Ivey Park, Kennedy Park, Kenwood Park, Lakewood Park, Meadowlark Park, Oakdale Park, Oxbow Park, Pacific Park, Parker Park, Phillips Park, Riverside Park, Magnolia … Read More

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First Case of Coronavirus Identified in Ottawa County

MINNEAPOLIS – The Ottawa County Health Department has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in their county. In a statement issued Thursday, Ottawa County Health officials said they received notification today confirming the first positive case of COVID-19 in the county. “We are working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment during this time,” the Health Department said. The infected individual is currently maintaining in-home isolation and is stable. The Ottawa County Health Department has identified all contacts and will monitor for fever and respiratory symptoms. No further information will be given on the patient. “Our goal continues … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 168

TOPEKA – The daily coronavirus update given by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) lists the positive number of coronavirus cases in the state at 168. Nearly 3,000 of the tests have come back negative. Johnson County has 59 cases, Wyandotte County has 34, Sedgwick County has 16, Douglas County has 13, Leavenworth County has 12, Linn, Reno and Shawnee Counties have four each, Butler, Crawford and Lyon have three, Cherokee, Mitchell and Morris have two each, and Bourbon, Doniphan, Franklin, Jackson, Neosho, Pottawatomie, Riley, Sumner and Woodson counties all have one case. One case in Douglas and … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues Thursday Evening Coronavirus Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department has issued their latest update on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Their full statement is below: “As of 5 p.m. (Thursday), Saline County has not had a confirmed positive case of COVID-19. 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. 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. When a positive case is identified in Saline … Read More

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Teaching and Learning to Resume at USD 305 on March 30

SALINA – Superintendent Linn Exline announced to district families in an email that teaching and learning in USD 305 will resume on Monday, March 30. Starting March 30, kindergarten through grade 8 students will be using packets for learning. These students will receive a Chromebook soon, but teachers felt strongly that school needed to begin as soon as possible. Students in grades 9-12 already have Chromebooks and online instruction will begin for them on March 30. All instruction, kindergarten through grade 12, will be online in the future. After surveying families about access to Internet and Wi Fi, the district … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues New Coronavirus Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued a new update regarding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic late Thursday morning. “As of 10:45 a.m., Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community,” County Health officials said in the update. “We are in this together. Stay home and stay safe.” The Saline County Health Department has established a coronavirus information and FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on the Saline County website at www.saline.org/Coronavirus.

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Man Struck, Killed by Vehicle in Cloud County

CLOUD COUNTY – A Concordia man died Wednesday evening after being struck by a vehicle in Cloud County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, Leo G. Becker, 42, Salina, was driving a 2010 Chevy Traverse in the southbound driving lane of U.S. Highway 81, about six miles south of Concordia, when he struck Rex O. Young, 59, who was in the roadway for unknown reasons. The Chevy then came to a stop on the west shoulder of the road. Young was pronounced dead at the scene and transported to Frontier Forensics. Becker, who was properly restrained, was not injured. … Read More

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BREAKING: 2020 Smoky Hill River Festival Cancelled

SALINA – The Salina City Commission has voted to cancel the 2020 Smoky Hill River Festival. According to an announcement made on social media by River Festival officials Wednesday evening, the 2020 River Festival has been cancelled due to increased concerns about Coronavirus (COVID 19). Organizers feel this decision is in the best interest of the Salina community and many others involved across the U.S. More on this developing story as it becomes available.

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Two Injured in Lincoln County Semi Crash

LINCOLN COUNTY – Two people were taken to the hospital after a single vehicle crash that occurred just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning in Lincoln County. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, a 2008 Freightliner semi driven by Nikaj Amarildo, 44, Grand Blanc, Mich., was traveling westbound on Interstate 70, about 7 1/2 miles east of the K-157 junction, when it entered the north ditch, struck a delineator post, overcorrected, and entered the median. The semi then entered the eastbound lanes and overturned, coming to rest in the eastbound lanes, facing north. Amarildo, and a passenger, Adrian M. Endsley, … Read More

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Minneapolis Man Dies in Monday Crash

OTTAWA COUNTY – A Minneapolis man died in a crash involving three vehicles in Ottawa County late Monday morning. According to a Kansas Highway Patrol accident report, a 2007 Volvo semi driven by John Tibbits, 76, was westbound on Nugget Road at about 10:20 a.m., when he attempted to cross the northbound lanes of U.S. Highway 81, near mile post 175. At the same time, a 2019 Ford F-250 driven by Dalton J. Williams, 20, Hebron, Neb., was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 81 in the left lane, and struck Tibbits’ semi on the driver’s side. While trying to avoid … Read More

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Kansas Now at 126 Cases of Coronavirus; None in Saline County

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 … Read More

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Walmart is Cutting Hours Starting Thursday at Stores Nationwide, Adding Senior Shopping Hour Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Beginning Thursday, stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours, Walmart said Wednesday night. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open. In addition to limits on paper products, stores also will have limits on milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

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Central Mall Limiting Hours of Operation Until Further Notice

SALINA – The Salina Central Mall is limiting hours of operation due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Beginning today, the mall will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. “As the Central Mall continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are working to adjust as needed for our tenants and customers,” mall officials said in a statement issued on their website. “Starting March 18th, we will be open for limited hours due to the current health situation. We will open our doors one hour prior to mall opening. … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 21

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed there are now 21 positive coronavirus cases in the state. The were three new cases confirmed in a Wednesday afternoon press conference, one in Douglas County and two in Leavenworth County. Kansas coronavirus case tracker by county: Butler County: 1 Douglas County: 2 Ford County: 1* Franklin County: 1 Johnson County: 11 Leavenworth County: 2 Wyandotte County: 4 *The Ford County case involves someone who is not a resident of Kansas, so it is not counted in the state’s official tally.

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Kansas Temporarily Bars Foreclosures, Evictions

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed an executive order temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures across the state, in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Governor Kelly says the steps are aimed at supporting Kansans who may miss mortgage or rent payments as a result of lost wages and other income. “We understand that this pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for people across the state,” Kelly said in a press release. “Kansas families need our support, and my administration is committed to doing everything it can to make sure Kansans can stay in their homes and businesses. … Read More

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