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Saline County Awards Grant Funding

Todd PittengerJanuary 8, 2021

The Saline County Commission has approved grant funding to a dozen businesses. According to the county, the funding comes from a Community Development Block Grant, Coronavirus Relief Grant dollars approved in July of 2020.  Of that amount, $120,000 was to be used for economic development in light of the Coronavirus pandemic and $12,000 for grant administration by the North Central Regional Pla...

Saline County Health Ordinance Extended

Todd PittengerJanuary 7, 2021

Saline County has extended its COVID health ordinance for a couple of more weeks. According to the Saline County Health Department, after consulting with hospital, healthcare, and local government officials, Health Officer Jason Tiller has determined that a 15-day extension of the existing public health order is necessary. Restrictions in the order include limiting indoor gatherings to no mo...

Area Public Transportation to Resume Fares

Todd PittengerJanuary 7, 2021

Area public transportation will resume fare collection for all services, including CityGo, 81 Connection, Paratransit, City of Abilene and KanConnect starting February 1, 2021. According to OCCK Transportation, monthly passes for CityGo will be available to purchase starting January 27th at the following locations:  OCCK Transportation Office, OCCK Corporate Office, Bennington State Bank – b...

Vaccinations Begin at Presbyterian Manor

Todd PittengerJanuary 7, 2021

A long-term senior care facility in Salina will begin COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday. According to the organization, after months of being on the front lines in the battle against the virus, Salina Presbyterian Manor will begin the process of vaccinating residents and staff Thursday. “There’s no doubt the senior population has been hit hard by the virus, along with the health care worker...

3 New COVID Deaths, 158 New Cases

Todd PittengerJanuary 6, 2021

There are three new COVID-19 deaths in Saline County and 158 new positive cases. According to the Saline County Health Department, there have been 4,638 total cases, with 1,857 cases currently active. At least 2,709 people have recovered, and now 72 people have died. Salina Regional Health Center reports they currently have 27 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboard has been ...

Kansas Exceeds Goal of 1 Million COVID Tests

Lauren FitzgeraldJanuary 5, 2021

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announces on Tuesday that the State of Kansas exceeded its goal to conduct 1 million COVID-19 tests in 2020, which was set by the Governor in October. “In October, we launched our Unified Testing Strategy with a goal of testing one million Kansans by the end of the year – and today, I’m excited to announce that we exceeded that number,” Governor Kelly said. “Th...

11 New COVID Deaths, 193 New Cases

Todd PittengerJanuary 4, 2021

There are 11 new deaths due to COVID-19 since the update on December 30th, and there are 193 new cases. According to the Saline County Health Department the total number of positive cases has risen to 4,480, with 1,756 cases currently active. At least 2,655 people have recovered, and now 69 people have died. Salina Regional Health Center reports they currently have 33 hospitalized COVID-19 p...

Tag Office Implementing Appointment System

Todd PittengerJanuary 4, 2021

The Saline County Treasurer's Office is implementing a new no-wait policy. According to the agency, in an effort to reduce long lines at the tag office located at the City/County Building and continue all efforts to keep citizens safe from exposure to COVID-19, a new system called “No Wait Inside” has been implemented and appointments will begin being taken on Wednesday of this week. The...

4 More Deaths, 142 New Saline County COVID Cases

Todd PittengerDecember 30, 2020

There are four more COVID-19 deaths in Saline County, and 142 new cases of the virus. According to the Saline County Health Department, there now have been 4,287 cases, with 1,741 currently active. Now 58 people have died. Salina Regional Health Center reports they currently have 31 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboard has been updated with the latest information: Mobile ...

Presbyterian Manor’s Health Care Center Gets High Marks

Todd PittengerDecember 30, 2020

Salina Presbyterian Manor’s health care center continues to get high marks on infection control from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the agency, surveyors returned to the campus December 28 to conduct a second COVID-19 outbreak-related survey, and again found no deficiencies. The last survey was completed November 9. The campus also had zero deficiencies on a f...


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