Here is Saline County’s COVID-19 update for Wednesday.
Unfortunately, we have been made aware of seven additional deaths linked to COVID-19. There are 192 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Saline County since our last update on Monday, November 30. The total number of positive cases for Saline County is now 2,619 with 665 cases being actively followed by the Department of Health, 1,925 who have recovered and a total of 29 deaths. The Salina Regional Health Center has informed us that it has 30 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Our dashboard has been updated with the latest information:
• Mobile device users: https://arcg.is/yjPT1
• Desktop users: https://arcg.is/1qHnb0
We appreciate anyone who follows the guidelines for public gatherings, mask orders, and quarantine protocols. You save lives. We expect to receive further changes to these protocols from the Center for Disease Control and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in the coming days. While it will take some time to implement these changes in our community, we will keep the public informed of what to expect. It’s a constantly changing situation. Please continue to follow official sources for the most accurate information possible.
Health Department staff continue to be overwhelmed and several days late in contacting new positive cases and close contacts. We have added staff and some cases are routed to contact tracers at KDHE, but we are still late. Thank you for your patience. If you have tested positive or are known to be a close contact, please do not call the Department of Health unless at least three days have passed and you have not heard from us. We understand that for both employees and employers, quarantine or isolation documents may be required to verify leave. However, with several days of delay, we are unable to immediately produce the necessary documentation.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are now 162,061 cases and 1,679 deaths statewide. This information can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/.
Following proven public health guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to be extremely important to everyone. Please:
1. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water. Use hand sanitizer if you don’t have access to soap and water.
2. Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others.
3. Wear masks in public areas as required by city ordinance and county resolution. You need to cover your nose and mouth for masks to work.
4. By public health decree, gatherings are limited to 15 people or less (with certain exceptions for establishments).
5. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and areas such as doorknobs, handles, cell phones, tablets, etc.
6. Stay home if you are sick. It doesn’t matter if you think it might be a cold, it could be allergies, but it could be worse too.
Only follow official sources for information: www.saline.org/coronavirus or www.kdheks.gov.