Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update from the Saline County Health Department for Wednesday
●Three people have died of COVID-19 since our last update on Friday.
●There have been 79 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Saline County since our last update.
●Salina Regional Health Center reports that 14 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
●198 variants were identified in the 322 samples sent from Saline County to KDHE for sequencing.
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COVID Vaccination Update for Saline County
●An additional 273 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 this week, an increase of .5 percent.
●A total of 24,846 residents of Saline County have been vaccinated, accounting for 45.6 percent of the total population.
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August COVID Update for Saline County
●14 people lost their battle with COVID-19 during the month of August.
●613 new cases of COVID-19 were reported to the Saline County Health Department.
●Of those new cases, 557 were unvaccinated while 56 were fully vaccinated.
●Salina Regional Health Center reports that during the month of August, it admitted 53 patients for COVID-19. Of those, 45 (85 percent) were unvaccinated.
*New case investigations are ongoing and total cases may not include those most recently reported.
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 VaccinateSalineCountyKS.com/testing or 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 least 6 feet of distance between 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.