Aug 16, 2021 9:37 PM

Saline County: 18 new cases of COVID-19; one new death

Posted Aug 16, 2021 9:37 PM

Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Monday.

●Another person has died due to COVID-19 since Friday.

●16 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.

●18 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday.

●147 variants were identified in the 272 samples sent from Saline County to KDHE for sequencing.

Another person has died due to COVID-19 since our last update on Friday. This brings the total number of deaths in Saline County to 127.

Salina Regional Health Center reports they currently have 16 patients who require hospitalization for COVID-19.

There have been 18 new COVID-19 cases identified since our last update on Friday. The Saline County Health Department staff is actively monitoring 495 cases of COVID-19. There has been a total of 6992 confirmed cases, and at least 6370 people have recovered from COVID-19.

KDHE has identified variants in 147 of the 272 specimens sent from Saline County for sequencing.

At least 23,372 people (43.1 percent of the population) have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Saline County.

Due to the overwhelming number of new cases and hospitalizations, vaccination/ re-infection rates are not available at this time. The Saline County Health Department and Salina Regional Health Center thank you for your patience and understanding.

More data and additional information can be found on the Saline County Coronavirus webpageKDHE COVID-19 Information Site, and CDC COVID-19 Tracker.

The best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 and thus prevent mutation of the virus is:

●Stay home if you are sick.

●Get tested if you feel unwell, even if you don’t believe it is COVID.You can find testing centers at HEREor contact your local medical provider.

●Get vaccinated.You can find a vaccine at vaccines.govor contact your local medical provider.

●Wear a mask, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.If you are fully vaccinated, wear a mask when in-doors in crowded spaces.

●Maintain at least6 feet of distancebetween yourself and those with whom you do not live.

●Do not travel to “hot spots."

●If you test positive, isolate immediately and be open and honest with COVID caseworkers about your contacts.