Mar 25, 2020 10:07 PM

Saline County: March 25 COVID-19 update

Posted Mar 25, 2020 10:07 PM

Here is today's COVID-19 update from Saline County:

As of 5 pm, March 25th, 2020, Saline County has not had a confirmed positive case of COVID19. Just because no positive cases have been reported through our official channels, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a potential for a positive case to exist within our community. It is possible that a person hasn’t met the requirements for the testing set by KDHE and have been advised by their medical provider to self-quarantine. When a positive case is identified in Saline County, the Saline County Health Department will be the only official source to release that information.

Dr. Norman from KDHE conducted a press conference today. There are 126 positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas, which is an increase of 28 from yesterday. Dr. Norman addressed that he expects that the positive cases have a great potential to double in the next 3-4 days. This information is yet another reason for the citizens of Salina/Saline County to take this situation seriously. Just because it is reported that no positive cases are in Saline County, doesn’t mean that there aren’t people that are doing the right thing and self-isolating at home, monitoring their symptoms and communicating with their medical provider.

•KDHE Kansas COVID-19 Map:

https://kdhe.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/05f4169dc6394aa98895072b94734134

We are aware of the other Counties that have instituted stay-at-home orders. Our County Health Officer’s position for not implementing one is simple; a stay-at-home order has an exhaustive list of exemptions of those trades that are considered essential. A stay-at-home order is not a game of how you can figure out how to get around the exemptions so that you can leave your home and do what you want. That is the wrong approach. We are asking you to stay-at-home voluntarily by heading the public health messages that are all over the State of Kansas and the U.S. and stay at home. If you must go out for essential things such as reporting to work or grocery needs, then do so; but observe the social distancing guidelines that are a proven epidemiological practice.

Testing in Saline County is being done, but does adhere to the testing guidelines set forth by KDHE and typically reserved for the sickest people. Commercial labs can do testing, and have been for a few days now, providing for more testing being completed each day across the State.

Testing must be authorized by a medical provider and approved through either KDHE’s lab or a commercial lab. Several common questions and their answers directly related to symptoms, testing for the virus and requirements for testing have been posted on our website at www.saline.org/coronavirus.

KDHE released interim guidance for Cosmetology, Barbering, Tanning, Tattoo shop establishments today:

•Establishments are asked to be extra vigilant in cleaning and disinfection.

•Practicing alternate scheduling practices.

•Practicing of good hygiene.

•Screening questions that should be asked of clients before arriving to an establishment.

•Working with your local municipality and local county health department on additional guidance.

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 25, 2020 10:07 PM
Look for ways to help children cope during crisis, experts say

MANHATTAN – Children and adults experience and react differently in times of crisis.

“We sometimes only think of disasters as weather-related events, but we know that anything that disrupts daily life and community well-being on a large scale is a disaster,” said Bradford Wiles, associate professor and extension specialist with Kansas State University’s College of Health and Human Services. “Thinking about and being compassionate in how we all feel and process our emotions is crucial to our own, our families’, and our communities’ resilience in the face of the current pandemic.” 

A K-State publication, written by Wiles and associate professor and extension specialist Elizabeth Kiss, includes information that can help communities recognize the negative effects that tough times have on the mental well-being of children.

The publication, titled Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover, is available online from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

Wiles and Kiss outline suggested ways parents can help children cope during hard times:

  1. Reassure the child that you are still together and that you will be there to help as long as you can.
  2. Return to pre-disaster routines to the extent possible, including bedtime, bath time, meal time and waking up times.
  3. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. It can be difficult to take care of a child if you are not feeling well.
  4. Talk with your child about your feelings.
  5. Encourage children to draw, write or tell stories about their experiences. Talking about how the disaster or tough time has changed them can be beneficial.

The publication also includes signs to look for in children and how to emerge in a positive direction from times of crisis.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and other information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

Signs of depression

Signs of depression in early childhood: tantrums, physical complaints, brief periods of sadness, listlessness or hyperactivity, lack of interest in activities, withdrawal.

Signs of depression in middle childhood: new phobias, hyperactivity, conduct disorders (lying or stealing), refusal to leave parents, periods of sadness, vague anxiety or agitation, suicidal thoughts.

Signs of depression in adolescents: changes in appearance, withdrawal, fatigue, eating problems, substance abuse, risk-taking, sudden change in peer group, loss of interest, sleep problems, hostility, suicidal thoughts.

-- Source: Disasters: Children’s Responses and Helping Them Recover