Apr 30, 2021 9:42 PM

UK variant ID'd in Saline County; 14 new COVID-19 cases

Posted Apr 30, 2021 9:42 PM

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

We are pleased to share that no additional deaths due to COVID-19have been reported since our update on April 23. Salina Regional Health Center has notified us that they currently have five patients hospitalized battling COVID-19.

There have been 14 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Saline County since our last update on April 28.The total number of positive cases for Saline County to 6,216.

The UK variant, B.1.1.7, has been identified in one of the positive cases in Saline County.

The Health Department staff are now actively monitoring 71 cases. At least 6,036 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:

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According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment Coronavirus Website, there have been 309,130 cases and 4,982 deaths statewide.

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. 

Only follow official sources to obtain information: www.saline.org/coronavirus or www.kdheks.gov