21 New Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Saline County

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SALINA – Saline County Health officials have confirmed another double digit increase in positive cases of COVID-19.

According to a statement issued Friday evening, there are 21 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, June 24 report. The total for the county is now 98, with 60 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. All of the new cases are associated with prior positive cases and all of these individuals are isolated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 81 positives for Saline County, but that total does not include the most recent cases received since their last update at 12:30 p.m. The total for Saline County is 98.

“With all of our additional cases, we were able to determine where the virus was contracted and have notified all close contacts that could have potentially been exposed,” the Health Department said.

According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 13,538 cases and 264 deaths statewide. This information can be found by clicking here.

“While the rise in case numbers is concerning, it is only one part of the overall picture that is used to make decisions,” said County Health Officer Jason Tiller. “There are three other data sets that are looked at. Those are the number of hospitalizations, the use of hospital resources since Salina Regional does get patients from other hospitals, and the number of deaths. Of those four, only case numbers have risen.”

Should businesses have questions about how to protect their employees and patrons; please contact the Saline County Health Department 785-826-6600. The Department will continue to work closely with businesses to help avoid any business closures.

Every individual has a responsibility and a choice to do what they feel is right. Here is what you can do to help us to stop the spread:

• Stay home if you’re sick
• Wear masks in public settings
• Maximize physical distance (6 feet or more) in public settings
• Avoid socializing with large groups
• High-risk individuals should only leave the house for essential needs
• Check-in (via phone/letter/text/email) with friends and family who are isolated
• Wash your hands frequently

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