Following is the Saline County COVID-19 update for Friday.
It is with great sadness that we share that one additional member of our community has lost their battle to COVID-19. This marks the first reported death due to COVID-19 reported since March 22. Salina Regional Health Center has notified us that they currently have four patients hospitalized for COVID-19.
There have been 15 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Saline County since our last update on April 21, which brings the total number of positive cases for Saline County to 6,169.
The Health Department staff are now actively monitoring 64 cases. At least 5,996 people have recovered, but sadly 109 members of our community have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Our dashboard has been updated with the latest information:
According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment Coronavirus Website, there have been 306,883 cases and 4,961 deaths statewide.
* Beginning in May, we will no longer send daily updates and will move to a once a week newsletter. Our dashboard will be regularly updated and available at any time.
Following the proven public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to be extremely important for everyone to do. Please:
1. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water. Use hand sanitizer if you do not have access to soap and water.
2. Maintain physical distance between yourself and others of at least 6 feet or more.
3. Wear masks in public spaces. You must cover your nose and mouth for masks to be effective.
4. Sanitize frequently touched surfaces and areas such as doorknobs, handles, cell phones, tablets, etc.
5. Stay home if you are sick. Regardless if you think it may be a cold, it could be allergies, but it also could be something worse.