May 22, 2020 10:15 PM

Saline County: No new cases; reports taking break for holiday

Posted May 22, 2020 10:15 PM

Here is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Friday:

The Saline County Health Department does not have any additional cases of COVID-19 to report today.

The Health Department continues to actively monitor two cases who are isolated at home. The rest have met the criteria necessary to be considered recovered and have been released from daily monitoring and isolation.

Due to the holiday weekend, we will not be issuing press releases unless an emergency arises. Otherwise, press releases will resume on Tuesday, May 26th with the latest update of Saline County and State of Kansas information.

KDHE reported the following in their release and can be found at

•A total of 8,958 cases with 185 deaths reported.

•There have been 66,362 negative tests conducted at KDHE and private labs.

•The age range is 0 years to 100 years (median 41 years).


•The USDA Summer Meals Program will continue and the Kansas Department of Education has updated their website to list the locations that will be serving meals through the program:

•The Kansas Department of Agriculture issued guidance on livestock competitions and shows which their guidance is included in this press release and can also be found at

•Due to the Holiday weekend, we will not be issuing press releases unless an emergency arises.

Otherwise, press releases will resume on Tuesday, May 26th with the latest update of Saline County and State of Kansas information.

Phase 2 of the Ad Astra Reopening Plan is in effect. Information on Phase 2 and additional guidancedocuments can be found on our website: Here are the highlights in Phase 2:

•Mass gatherings of 15 or fewer individuals.

•All businesses/activities allowed in Phase 1 and 1.5 may continue to operate with outlined social distancing, mass gathering, and public health restrictions.

•Nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided may continue to operate, but only for prescheduled appointments.

•Fitness centers and health clubs may continue to operate. In-person group classes will be allowed to begin with groups of no more than 15 individuals at a time. Locker rooms remain closed except for restroom facilities.

•Community Centers may open as long as they follow the mass gatherings and social distancing restrictions. Due to the high-risk population concerns, the Saline County Senior Center will remain closed; but meals on wheels will continue.

•Indoor leisure paces such as movie theaters, trampoline parks, theaters, museums, and bowling allies may open as long as they follow the mass gathering and social distancing restrictions.

•State-owned and operated casinos will be allowed to operate as long as they follow social distancing and mass gathering restrictions.

•Organized sports facilities, games, and sports practice may operate as long as they follow outlined mass gatherings and social distancing guidelines AND follow guidelines established by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association.

•In-person commencement or graduation ceremonies may continue to occur with no more than 15 individuals in a room, gymnasium, or facility at one time so long as 6-foot social distancing is maintained.

Under Phase 2 these are the things that are NOT allowed to take place:

•Opening of bars and night clubs.

•Outdoor and indoor large entertainment venues with a capacity of 2,000 or more.

•Fairs, festivals, carnivals, and parades.

•Swimming pools (other than backyard pools and those used for physical therapy or first-responder training).

•Summer camps unless they are a licensed child care facility.

Reopening Kansas comes by milestones, not on a timetable. Progress will be measured by monitoring our testing rates, COVID-19 hospitalizations, ability to contact trace, and the availability of personal protective equipment. Here’s what you can do to help reach reopening milestones:

•Stay home if you’re sick.

•Wear masks in public settings.

•Maximize physical distance (6 feet or more) in public settings.

•Avoid socializing with large groups.

•High-risk individuals should only leave the house for essential needs.

•Minimize nonessential travel.

•Check-in (via phone/letter/text/email) with friends and family who are isolated.

•Wash your hands frequently.

Help our community in slowing the spread of this virus. Only follow official sources to obtain information: or Stay Safe & Stay Healthy.

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May 22, 2020 10:15 PM
Crimestoppers seeks tips about burglary in county

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 2200 block of North Reese Road in rural Saline County for a report of a burglary.

Sometime between April 7, 2020, and April 8, 2020, unknown suspect(s) cut the locks on an enclosed trailer on a work site and stole a large amount of battery powered tools and other equipment. Several of the brand names of the power tools stolen were Milwaukee, Dewalt, and Stihl.

Total loss and damage is estimated to be in excess of $1,600.

If you have any information concerning who attempted to commit this crime, call Crimestoppers at 825-TIPS, text SATIPS to CRIMES (274637), or visit and follow Crimestoppers link to submit a web tip. You may receive a cash reward of up to $1000 and you are not required to give your name.