Saline County COVID-19 Update: 10 New Cases Identified, Possible Public Exposure Under Investigation

SALINA – There are 10 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, August 5 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The total for the county is now 377, with 88 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 284 that have recovered, and, and a total of five deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have a total of four hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who may be hospitalized.

The Saline County Health Department is also investigating a public exposure to COVID-19 at Jalisco’s Mexican Restaurant located at 2610 Market Place in Salina. Anyone who visited Jalisco’s between July 31 and August 2 should monitor their health and watch for symptoms. The restaurant is aware of the exposure and has closed to take necessary precautions. Individuals experiencing symptoms should contact your primary care physician for further instructions and notify the Health Department at 785-826-6600.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 30,638 cases and 380 deaths statewide. This information can be found by clicking or tapping here.

Saline County’s dashboard has been updated to include age ranges of cases in active isolation, recovered, and deceased. This dashboard is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays by 5 p.m.

Through the assistance of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, two non-congregate housing facilities have been set up in Saline County after a potential cluster of cases was identified in a dorm living setting. These facilities have been set up in other counties across Kansas to provide a safe environment for individuals to isolate and/or quarantine from others that have no other means to properly do so. Assistance from the State for this type of resource is authorized under the emergency declaration for Saline County to quickly obtain resources and assistance from the State or Federal government. These facilities are established specifically for those that have no other housing means to isolate or quarantine from others.

Health Department officials continue to communicate the same public health messages on what you can do to slow 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
    Wash your hands frequently

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