Saline County COVID-19 Update: 30 New Cases, 477 Recoveries

SALINA – There are 30 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, September 18 report, according to a media release from the Saline County Health Department.

The Health Department also reports two additional deaths in Saline County resulting from the virus, bringing the county total to 11.

The total for the county is now 662, with 174 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. The total number of recoveries for Saline County remains at 477.

Hospitalizations are on the rise with Salina Regional Health Center reporting that they now have nine hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

“Community spread of COVID-19 in Saline County has been confirmed,” Health Department officials said last week. “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 53,959 cases and 600 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.

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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