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COVID-19

Mass Gatherings and Mask Mandates Explained

Todd PittengerNovember 25, 2020

Actions have recently been taken by the governing bodies of Saline County and the City of Salina to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community. According to Saline County, a Saline County Public Health Order limiting mass gatherings went into effect on Sunday, November 22nd. Both the City and County made changes to the mask mandate earlier this week that will go into effect this coming Saturd...

City Takes COVID Actions

Todd PittengerNovember 23, 2020

Salina City Commissioners approved several actions Monday to help fight the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the community. Commissioners strengthened the mask ordinance, closed the field house, and are reaching out to neighboring counties to urge them to take similar actions. The mask ordinance is being changed to include a masking requirement at indoor facilities, no matter the social distancing. ...

144 New Saline County COVID Cases

Todd PittengerNovember 23, 2020

There are 144 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. The total for the county is now 2,146, with 505 cases currently active. There are 1,621 people who have recovered, and a total of 17 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center has 31 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboard has been updated with the latest information: Mobile Device Users: https://arcg.is/yjPT1 Desktop Use...

Kansas Applies For Title 32 Authority Extension

Lauren FitzgeraldNovember 23, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly today announced that she has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting his approval of an extension to Title 32 authority, allowing Kansas to continue utilizing the Kansas National Guard in its efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, keep Kansans safe, and keep schools and businesses open. Title 32 allows governors to mobilize their state’s national guard in o...

Mask Mandates Drive Down COVID Infections

Sherman Smith / Kansas ReflectorNovember 22, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have published new research with input from Kansas health officials that reaffirms mask mandates helped slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state’s largest counties. The study separately examines trends in 25 counties that did not oppose Gov. Laura Kelly’s July 3 recommendation to wear masks in public places and the 80 rural counties that refused....

Altered Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Todd PittengerNovember 21, 2020

The holiday season is here, and the Salina Salvation Army is preparing and adjusting its programs to meet safe restrictions and guidelines for those in need. The agency will be holding its annual free Community Thanksgiving Dinner, but things will be very different this year. According to the organization, the Salvation Army along with Applebees Restaurant and G.L. Huyett of Minneapolis will on...

152 New Saline County COVID Cases

Todd PittengerNovember 20, 2020

There are 152 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. According to the Saline County Health Department, there have now been 2,002 total cases, with 514 currently active. There are 1,471 people who have recovered, and a total of 17 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports they have 31 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboard has been updated with the latest informati...

Library to Limit Access

Todd PittengerNovember 20, 2020

The Salina Public Library will limit access to its facility beginning Sunday. According to the library, after careful consideration of the current COVID-19 risks, they are temporarily closing their building to the public starting Sunday, Nov. 22. Pickup Service will be available in the north lobby from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and digital serv...

County Approves New COVID Restrictions

Todd PittengerNovember 20, 2020

The Saline County Commission, by a 4 - 0 vote, in a special meeting Friday afternoon approved a new health order from Saline County Health Officer Jason Tiller which implements additional restrictions to combat COVID-19. Saline County Administrator Phillip Smith-Hanes explained the purpose of the meeting was not about masks, or about schools, nor was was it an attempt to shut down businesses. H...

UPDATE: County to Consider New COVID Restrictions

Todd PittengerNovember 20, 2020

With nearly 500 COVID-19 cases currently active in Saline County, and 25 people in the hospital, Saline County officials will consider stricter restrictions to combat it. The Saline County Commission will meet Friday afternoon  in a special session to discuss the issue. Commissioners will consider a proposed health order from Saline County Health Officer Jason Tiller to implement additional re...


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