Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Wednesday.
COVID-19 testing continues to be a priority statewide and in our local community. Testing for COVID-19, in most cases, is reserved for those that are experiencing symptoms or are considered high-risk and have been a close contact with another positive case. If you are experiencing symptoms, you need to contact your primary care physician first to ask about the need for testing. If you are tested, you need to quarantine until your results come back. CVS Pharmacy in Salina has testing capabilities, while limited and reserved for those that meet their qualifications for testing, is an additional resource for citizens https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/covid19-testing. We continue to work diligently with all of our partners to develop strategies for more communitywide testing.
There are 24 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Monday, September 28 report. The total for the county is now 776, with 226 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department, 539 that have recovered, and a total of 11 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reporting that they have 6 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Salina Regional is a regional hospital, the COVID19 patient total is not specific to the number of Saline County residents who may be hospitalized. Our dashboard has been updated with the latest information:
●Mobile Device Users: https://arcg.is/yjPT1
●Desktop Users: https://arcg.is/1qHnb0
According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, there are now 59,749 cases and 678 deaths statewide. This information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
Here is what you can do to help us to stop the spread:
●Stay home if you have any symptoms or are ill
●Wear masks in public spaces as required by City Ordinance and County Resolution
●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