Jan 29, 2022

🎥Saline County: 220 new COVID-19 cases; 10,958 of 13,507 recovered

Posted Jan 29, 2022 12:47 AM

Following is the Saline County Health Department COVID-19 update for Friday.

Notice to employers

The Saline County Health Department formally requests that employers accept at-home (also known as over-the-counter) COVID-19 test results to excuse employee absences due to a nationwide test kit shortage.

"Trying to use confirmatory PCR tests is simply not a good use of time or resources right now," explained Jason Tiller, Saline County Health officer. "We acknowledge that for some professions that may not be possible, but if it is a simple matter of policy change, we need employers to consider it for the good of the community."

Wait times for routine testing can take an extended period of time to schedule and receive results. If time is a factor, PCR testing is a poor option compared to home testing. Additionally, it takes dearly needed supplies away from the medical community when it is in short supply.

"Employers are an integral part of public health," explained Tiller. "They have a vital role in keeping our community safe."  

The Salina Regional Health Center reports that 23 patients are hospitalized battling COVID-19.

Another 220 positive COVID-19 test results have been reported to the Saline County Health Department since Wednesday. It is important to note, that this does not include home test kits or those who are presumed positive and do not test.

There are a recorded 2,352 active cases of COVID-19. Due to this overwhelmingly high number of cases, the Saline County Health Department will only be contacting those under 18 years old or who have requested an isolation letter for their employers. If you test positive and require a letter for work, please contact the Health Department at 785.826.6600.  

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