Saline County COVID-19 Update: 18 New Cases, 760 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 18 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, October 7 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The total for the county is now 877, with 105 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total number of recoveries for Saline County is now at 760. Total deaths for the county remains at 12.

Salina Regional Health Center is now reporting that they have six hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital and the COVID-19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who may be hospitalized.

COVID-19 testing continues to be a priority statewide and in our local community. Testing for COVID-19, in most cases, is reserved for those that are experiencing symptoms or are considered high-risk and have been a close contact with another positive case. If you are experiencing symptoms, you need to contact your primary care physician first to ask about the need for testing. If you are tested, you need to quarantine until your results come back. CVS Pharmacy in Salina has testing capabilities, while limited and reserved for those that meet their qualifications for testing, is an additional resource for citizens. More information can be found by clicking or tapping here. “We continue to work diligently with all of our partners to develop strategies for more community-wide testing,” the Health Department said Wednesday.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 65,807 cases and 763 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.

Community spread of COVID-19 in Saline County has been confirmed. Multiple cases cannot be directly traced back to a known exposure with a positive case or related to travel. It is important for everyone to practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people), wearing masks in public settings, washing your hands frequently, staying home if you are ill, and not sending your children to school or daycare if they are ill.

The Health Department reminds everyone to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, which may vary from person to person and can include:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Chills
  • Shaking or exaggerated shivering
  • Muscle pain or muscle ache
  • General discomfort, uneasiness or pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New smell and taste disorders
  • Diarrhea

Here’s what you can do to help 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
    Wash your hands frequently

Only follow official sources to obtain information: www.saline.org/coronavirus or www.kdheks.gov.

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