Jul 14, 2021 9:33 PM

Saline County COVID-19 update

Posted Jul 14, 2021 9:33 PM

At least 21,387 people have been vaccinated in Saline County. This accounts for approximately 39.4 percent of the total population and an increase of just .4 percent over the previous week. We are aware of a reporting issue with federal providers like CVS, the VA, and others who are not reporting their vaccination numbers at the state level. We are awaiting a fix on the federal level.

One additional death due to COVID-19 has been reported. Salina Regional Health Center reported today that four people require hospitalization for COVID-19. While medical privacy laws prevent the release of identifying information, teens and young adults account for the bulk of the new and active cases in the county, while most of the people requiring hospitalization are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s.

In fact, the Saline County Health officer reports that since the beginning of June, just four people over the age of 70 have tested positive for the virus.

A variant of COVID-19 has been detected in 25 of the 149 specimens the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has sequenced from Saline County. A deeper analysis of this information can be found on the KDHE Coronavirus website.  

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.

•Get vaccinated. You can find a vaccine at vaccines.gov.

•Wear a mask, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.

•Maintain at least 6 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.