A record number of deaths and a record number of new COVID-19 cases are being re-registered in Saline County. With Friday’s updated numbers, Saline County saw 122 new cases of COVID-19 infection this week and three deaths.
According to the Saline County Department of Health, there are 74 new COVID-19 cases to be reported on Friday and two new deaths. The total for the entire county is now 1,347 cases, with 245 active cases. 1,086 people recovered, and a total of 16 died.
Salina Regional Medical Center reports that they have 12 patients with COVID-19 hospitalized.
If you have been tested for COVID-19, you will need to be on home isolation until the test results. If you have been told that you have tested positive for the virus, you will need to quarantine and wait for information from the Ministry of Health. Please understand that staff are working as quickly as possible to initiate the epidemic investigation of new cases; But with the increasing number of cases per day, we urge you to be patient if you do not get a response from the Department of Health right away.
Persons informed of a positive COVID-19 test should take the following precautions:
- If you experience severe symptoms, call your primary care provider right away and follow their instructions.
- Isolate yourself in your home. Isolation means not being in contact with anyone, leaving the house, and not allowing guests to enter the house.
- Make a list of all people you have been in close contact with (10 minutes within 6 feet) starting two days before symptoms appeared; or if there are no symptoms, two days before the date the laboratory test is performed.
- Take note of what the staff at the Department of Health you talk about. We want to make it easier to connect you with the right person if there are additional questions about your particular situation.
The district dashboard has been updated with the latest information:
Mobile device users: https://arcg.is/yjPT1
Desktop user: https://arcg.is/1qHnb0
We have been in this pandemic for nine months and as we enter the cold and flu season, it is important now that we continue to do the things we know to help prevent and do delay the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds with warm soapy water. Use hand sanitizer if you don’t have soap and water.
- Maintain a physical distance between you and others at least 6 feet or more.
- Wear a mask in public spaces as required by the City Ordinance and Money Resolution. Masks do not prevent you from getting COVID-19, the flu or other infectious diseases, but they do, however, prevent others from spreading certain illnesses from you. You must cover your nose and mouth for the mask to work.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and areas such as doorknobs, handles, mobile phones, tablets, etc.
- Stay home if you are sick. Regardless of whether you think it could be a cold, it could be an allergy, but it could also be something worse.