Jan 11, 2022 8:18 PM

UPDATE: Saline County Health Department: Waiting for guidance from KDHE

Posted Jan 11, 2022 8:18 PM

UPDATE 4:55 p.m. Tuesday: The Saline County Health Department has issued corrected information concerning isolating. See the corrected information below in bold.

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The Saline County Health Department issued the following statement this afternoon concerning the local isolation and quarantine protocol.

The Saline County Health Department is awaiting the final piece of guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to make the appropriate updates to our local isolation and quarantine protocol.

We understand that everyone is anxious to know these changes and we appreciate the public's patience and support as we work toward adopting policies required at the state and national levels, as well as those that work best for our community.

We expect to have all the information necessary to make these changes sometime tomorrow (Wednesday, January 12) and are hoping to release the updated guidelines tomorrow evening.

We will release the information as soon as possible.

1000 Cases in 2022 so far
Thus far in January, more than 1000 Saline County residents have tested positive for COVID.

Due to this overwhelming number, COVID investigators at the Saline County Health Department and KDHE are unable to contact everyone in a timely manner, and may not be able to contact everyone. If you tested positive for COVID, you need to isolate immediately. The members of your household may need to quarantine as well depending upon their vaccination status. Let those with whom you have been in contact know they may have been exposed and need to monitor for symptoms and quarantine if symptoms develop.

Call to employers
The health care community in Saline County is overwhelmed. Due to the sudden, rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the health department is experiencing delays in issuing isolation and quarantine letters to those who test positive for COVID.

Employers are an integral partner in public health and are responsible for the health of their employees and patrons. If an employee tests positive for COVID or is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, they need to stay home.

The Saline County Health Department continues to formally request and encourage employers to adapt existing policies and adopt new ones, which allow employees to stay home when they are sick.