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a.m. Monday, March 30, and will be in effect for 30 days, unless it is amended by the Saline County Health Officer or rescinded.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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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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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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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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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 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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Saline County Health Department Issues Wednesday Morning Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued an update Wednesday morning regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The update is below: “As of 8:00 this morning, Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community. We will keep you up to date as this changes and please maintain social distancing.” As of 12 p.m., no new cases in the state of Kansas had been reported. Another update is expected Wednesday afternoon.

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Local Closings, Cancellations and Postponements Due to Coronavirus

The following is a list of closings, cancellations and postponements in Saline County due to the coronavirus pandemic. This list will updated regularly: All in-person classes at all Saline County public schools (USD 305 Salina, USD 306 Southeast of Saline, and USD 307 Ell-Saline) are closed for the remainder of the school year per the order of Gov. Laura Kelly. All school activities through May 31st have been cancelled. The Alley and AJ’s – limited capacity of 50 until further notice. Some leagues have been postponed. The Alley will also change its hours to 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. through at … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues Tuesday Evening Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department issued a new update Tuesday evening. In that update, issued at 7 p.m., they say Saline County still has not had any confirmed cases of coronavirus. The full update is below: “As of today, March 17th, 2020, Saline County has not had any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. When a positive case is identified in Saline County, the Saline County Health Department will be the only official source to release that information. Governor Laura Kelly issued Executive Order 20-04 today prohibiting mass gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Governor’s Executive Order … Read More

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UPDATE: Kansas Governor Orders All Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

UPDATE: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools in Kansas to close for the remainder of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This situation has evolved rapidly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Kelly said. “The reality of this pandemic is that it cannot be controlled statewide if school buildings return to normal operations, or if they respond to inconsistently within our local communities.” Gov. Kelly made the announcement Tuesday, joined by Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner for the Kansas State Department of Education who also addressed the situation. “The steps we’re announcing today … Read More

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USD 305 Issues Statement Following Governor’s Announcement of School Closures

SALINA – Salina USD 305 has issued a statement in response to the order issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to close all Kansas schools for the remainder of the school year. The full statement is as follows: “Today Governor Kelly announced the closure of Kansas Schools as we know them. When USD 305 reopens, instruction won’t look the same. District staff will use guidelines provided by a statewide committee of Kansas teachers to develop a new learning model for Salina students. This means: Students who attend Salina Public Schools will not have class March 23 – March 27. During … Read More

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Saline County Health Department Issues Tuesday Morning Update

SALINA – The Saline County Health Department on Tuesday morning issued another coronavirus update. “As of 9:00 this morning, Saline County does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community,” the Health Department said in the update. “We will keep you up to date as this changes. Currently, you must see your primary care provider in order to get tested as it must be approved by KDHE lab. Once that changes, we will let you know.” The Health Department has set up an FAQ page at www.saline.org to try and questions regarding the virus and ongoing pandemic.

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Hong Kong Buffet Closed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus Concerns

SALINA – A Salina restaurant has announced that it will close until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. Hong Kong Buffet, 2515 Market Place, made the announcement via social media Monday evening. “With the health and safety of our employees and customers, and as a precautionary measure to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Hong Kong Buffet is temporarily closed beginning March 17th,” restaurant management said in a social media statement. “We will remain closed to customers until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. We everyone is safe and healthy.”

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Tony’s Pizza Events Center Postpones Events Through May 11

SALINA – Officials with Tony’s Pizza Events Center announced on Monday the postponement of all upcoming events through May 10th. A full statement regarding these postponements is below: “Today, the Saline County Health Department urged that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed to help slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, the City of Salina has directed Tony’s Pizza Events Center to postpone all gatherings through May 11, 2020. We are currently working to reschedule all performances March 17th to May 10th and will provide updates as quickly as possible. Please note fans are … Read More

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USD 305 Cancels All Activities Through May 9

SALINA – Salina Public Schools has been monitoring the rapidly changing 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Based upon current guidance about limiting the size of groups all activities are canceled through May 9, 2020. At this time, school is canceled for the week of March 16-20 and students are encouraged to stay at home during this time. Everyone is asked to continue to work together, practice social distancing and good hygiene habits: WASH hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer. AVOID touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. AVOID contact with people who … Read More

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Salina Regional Health Center to Begin Screening Visitors

SALINA – To help protect our patients and staff from exposure during the coronavirus outbreak, Salina Regional Health Center will screen all visitors entering the hospital starting Tuesday, March 17. Visitors need to enter through the main entrance lobby doors off Santa Fe to be screened. For those coming to Veridian Behavioral Health, Wound Care Clinic or Outpatient Rehab you may enter through the North Entrance off South Street where you will be screened before entering. For those that are coming for Infusion Therapy, please continue to enter through the Infusion Therapy entrance as usual where you will also be screened. … Read More

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