Saline County COVID-19 Update: 19 New Cases, 1 Additional Death, 837 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 19 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, October 14 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The total for the county is now 948, with 98 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total number of recoveries for Saline County is now at 837. The Health Department also reported one additional death Friday, bringing the County total to 13.

“We were notified of a positive case from another county that had attended a horse sale at Farmers & Ranchers located at 1500 Old (Highway) 40 in Salina while symptomatic,” the Health Department said. “This event was held on October 10th and 11th. If you were in attendance, you need to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.”

Salina Regional Health Center is now reporting that they have nine 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.

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 70,855 cases and 859 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 previously 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

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