Saline County COVID-19 Update: 28 New Cases, 799 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 28 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, October 9 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The total for the county is now 905, with 94 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total number of recoveries for Saline County is now at 799. Total deaths for the county remains at 12.

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 67,862 cases and 771 deaths statewide. This information can be found by clicking or tapping here.

Through the collaborative effort of the School Superintendents in our County, a collective consensus was made that updates the gating criteria for schools. This update provides a better assessment and quantification to show how COVID is impacting a school and if decisions to change learning methods need to be changed. This gaiting criteria is just a tool to help assess and guide conversations around what is happening in the community and the school districts. The new criteria can be found on online at www.saline.org/coronavirus.

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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