Saline County COVID-19 Update: 22 New Cases, Community Spread Confirmed

SALINA – There are 22 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Wednesday, September 16 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The total for the county is now 632, with 146 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department and the total number of deaths remains at nine. The total number of recoveries for Saline County is now at 477.

Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have four hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

“Community spread of COVID-19 in Saline County has been confirmed,” Health Department officials said Friday. “Multiple cases identified over the last few days 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.”

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 52,285 cases and 596 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.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment began releasing active locations of outbreaks on Wednesday, September 9, which can be found by clicking or tapping here and under “Cluster Summary”. This information will be published by KDHE weekly on Wednesdays. Active locations will be released when there are five or more confirmed cases associated the location. For private businesses, the name of the business will only be released if there are 20 or more cases associated with the location. In Kansas, an outbreak is defined as two or more cases associated with one known exposure. No patient names will be released.

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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