Mar 23, 2020 11:05 PM

County: No positive COVID-19 cases confirmed yet

Posted Mar 23, 2020 11:05 PM

'Just because Saline County doesn’t have a positive case identified, doesn’t mean that it isn’t here.'

Following is the latest update from Saline County concerning COVID-19.

As of 5 pm, March 23rd, 2020, Saline County has not had a confirmed positive case of COVID19. When a positive case is identified in Saline County, the Saline County Health Department will be the only official source to release that information.

Governor Kelly announced in her press conference today that she is issuing a statewide ban on public gatherings of 10 or more people. At this time, she is not implementing a statewide shelter in place order.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams was quoted this morning on the Today show, “Everyone needs to act as if they have the virus right now. So, test or no test. We need you to understand you could be spreading it to someone else. Or you could be getting it from someone else, stay at home,” he said. The amount of positive cases across the U.S. has increased by over 8,000 in the last 24 hours. Just because Saline County doesn’t have a positive case identified, doesn’t mean that it isn’t here.

We cannot stress enough the importance of preventing the spread of diseases by:

•Staying at home if you are sick.

•Washing your hands.

•Covering your sneezes and coughs.

•If you have concerns about your health condition, please call your healthcare provider.

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Mar 23, 2020 11:05 PM
UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.