SALINA – There are 27 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, August 31 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.
The total for the county is now 503, with 105 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 remains unchanged at 389.
Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have five 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.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 43,940 cases and 458 deaths statewide. This information can be found by clicking or tapping here.
“We realize that many citizens have become numb to the updates on the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Health Department said. “Now is not the time to ignore the public health messages and recommendations. Our new cases in the last 48 hours are from a multitude of activities, locations, and situations. With children back in school and college in session, we all must continue to wash hands, stay home when ill, wear masks in public settings, and practice social distancing and continue doing what is right to protect ourselves and our loved ones.”
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 Saline County Health Officer has been working closely with the Saline County School Districts to develop a decision matrix. This is a tool that is to be used by School Districts in conjunction with the Saline County Health Officer to help determine the best learning mode based on the impact of COVID-19 in the Community and in the individual School District. To see the matrix, visit www.saline.org/coronavirus
Health officials continue to say that not everyone experiences COVID-19 the same way. The symptoms may vary from person to person and can include:
- Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
- Shaking or exaggerated shivering
- Muscle pain or muscle ache
- General discomfort, uneasiness or pain
- Sore throat
- Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New smell and taste disorders
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