Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Wednesday.
At least 21,614 people have been vaccinated in Saline County. This accounts for approximately 39.9 percent of the total population and an increase of just .5 percent (or an additional 227 residents) over the previous week.
We are aware of a reporting issue with federal providers like CVS, the VA, and others who are not reporting their vaccination numbers at the state level. We are awaiting a fix on the federal level.
No additional deaths due to COVID-19 has been reported in the past week. Salina Regional Health Center reported today that three people require hospitalization for COVID-19. While medical privacy laws prevent the release of identifying information, teens and young adults account for the bulk of the new and active cases in the county, while most of the people requiring hospitalization are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s.
A variant of COVID-19 has been detected in 38 of the 163 specimens the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has sequenced from Saline County. A deeper analysis of this information can be found on the KDHE Coronavirus website.
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 gogettested.com.
•Get vaccinated. You can find a vaccine at vaccines.gov.
•Wear a mask, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.
•Maintain at least6 feet of distance between yourself and those with whom you do not live.
•Do not travel to “hot spots."