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Kansas State Fair to Proceed

Todd PittengerJuly 1, 2020

Organizers of the Kansas State Fair are not cancelling this year's event. According to the fair, while this year’s Fair will be different than previous years, fairgoers will still have many of the same experiences that makes the Fair special - including the music, the entertainment, the livestock and the food. The Kansas State Fair Board voted Tuesday to continue plans for the 2020 Fair wi...

USD 305 Staffer Positive With COVID

Todd PittengerJune 30, 2020

Heartland Early Education Center received confirmation on Tuesday that a staff person has tested positive for COVID-19. According to USD 305, the staff member has not been working with students. The Saline County Health Department is in the process of contacting anyone who needs to be notified. Safety protocols remain in use including sanitizing equipment and classrooms, and taking precaut...

Salina Public Buses to Require Masks

Todd PittengerJune 30, 2020

Those using public transportation in the Salina area will be required to wear a face covering. Amid COVID-19 concerns, OCCK, Inc. Transportation will be requiring face masks for all passengers on all transportation services including CityGo, 81 Connection, Regional Paratransit, City of Abilene, and KanConnect public transportation beginning at start of business this Friday, and continuing unti...

Coronavirus Relief Fund Advisory Committee

Hannah StambaughJune 30, 2020

Saline County Commissioners signed a resolution today to receive $11,026,434 in Coronavirus Relief Funding as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economy Security Act (CARES Act) signed by the President back in March. With the best interests of Saline County residents, businesses, and organizations in mind, the Board of County Commissioners approved to form a committee to advise the Commis...

12 New Saline County COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerJune 29, 2020

Saline County has 12 new COVID-19 cases. According to the Saline County Health Department, there are 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since the Friday, June 26 report.  The total for the county is now 110, with 78 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. All of the new cases are associated with prior positive cases and all of...

UPDATE: Face Coverings Mandatory In Kansas Beginning Friday.

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is issuing an Executive Order, making  face coverings or masks mandatory in public settings statewide beginning Friday. The mandate goes in to effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 3 for the entire state of Kansas. The governor said starting July 3, she will issue an Executive Order requiring masks be worn in indoor public spaces, and at any outdoor gathering in whic...

Positive COVID-19 Test in Jail – Jail Lobby Closed to Public

KSAL StaffJune 29, 2020

A female inmate waiting transport to the Kansas Department of Corrections has tested positive for COVID-19. This woman is asymptomatic and had been housed in general population since early June. The Sheriff’s Office is working with the Saline County Health Department and Kansas Department of Health and Environment in this matter. Until further notice the jail is suspending fingerprinting a...

Library Building Closed, Pickup Service Continues

Todd PittengerJune 29, 2020

COVID-19 is prompting the Salina Public Library to again close its facility to the public. According to the library, after careful consideration of the current COVID-19 risks they are temporarily closing their building to the public. Pickup Service will be available in the north lobby from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and digital services are available ...

COVID Exposure at Soccer Game

Todd PittengerJune 27, 2020

The Saline County Health Department is warning of a possible COVID-19 exposure at a recent soccer game. According to the agency, on June 22nd a soccer game took place in Sunset Park. At least one symptomatic person participated in that game and potentially exposed others to COVID-19. This game took place between 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This was not an organized game, so there is no roster of at...

21 New Saline County COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerJune 26, 2020

COVID-19 continues to spike in Saline County. The Saline County Health Department reports 21 new cases. According to the agency, there are 21 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County that have been identified since Wednesday. The total for the county is now 98, with 60 cases that are actively being monitored by the Health Department. All of the new cases are associated with prior posi...


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