Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Friday.
We are saddened to announce that there has been one additional death due to COVID-19 reported since February 10; this brings the total number of members of our community who have lost their lives to this deadly virus to 102. Salina Regional Health Center has notified us that they currently have 12 patients who require hospitalization for COVID-19.
There have been 24 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Saline County since our last update on February 10, which brings the total number of positive cases for Saline County to 5,821.
The Health Department staff are now actively monitoring 1,251 cases. At least 4,468 have recovered. Our dashboard has been updated with the latest information:
If you have tested positive or you are known to be a close contact, please do not call the Health Department unless it has been at least five days since you received your results and you have not heard from us. We understand that for both employees and employers, quarantine or isolation documentation may be necessary to verify a leave of absence. Please refer to our FAQ Section for additional questions.
According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment Coronavirus Website, there are now 286,102 cases and 4,364 deaths statewide.
Following the proven public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to be extremely important for everyone to do. Please:
1. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water. Use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
2. Maintain physical distance between yourself and others of at least 6 feet or more.
3. Wear masks in public spaces as required by City Ordinance and County Resolution. You must cover your nose and mouth for masks to be effective.
4. By Public Health Order, gatherings are limited to 15 persons or less (with certain exceptions for establishments).
5. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and areas such as doorknobs, handles, cell phones, tablets, etc.
6. Stay home if you are sick. Regardless if you think it may be a cold, it could be allergies, but it also could be something worse.