Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Monday.
●3 deaths due to COVID-19 since Friday.
●19 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19.
●35 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday.
●166 variants were identified in the 290 samples sent from Saline County to KDHE for sequencing.
COVID-19 has taken the lives of three additional members of our community since our last update on Friday, bringing the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths to 131.
Salina Regional Health Center reports they currently have 19 patients who require hospitalization for COVID-19.
There have been 35 new COVID-19 cases identified and reported to the health department since our last update on Friday. The Saline County Health Department staff is actively monitoring 530 cases of COVID-19. There has been a total of 7126 confirmed cases, and at least 6465 people have recovered from COVID-19.
KDHE has identified variants in 166 of the 290 specimens sent from Saline County for sequencing.
Vaccination/ re-infection rates are not available at this time. The Saline County Health Department and Salina Regional Health Center thank you for your patience and understanding.
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 or contact your local medical provider.
●Get vaccinated. You can find a vaccine at vaccines.gov or 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 least6 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.