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COVID-19

Matrix Guides Local Schools With COVID Decisions

Todd PittengerAugust 26, 2020

With back to school here local health  officials are working with local school officials to help make decisions to keep students, teachers, and staff as safe as possible. According to the Saline County Health Department health officer Jason Tiller has been working closely with the Saline County School Districts to develop a decision matrix.  This is a tool that is to be used by School Districts...

11 New Saline County COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerAugust 26, 2020

There are 11 new positive COVID-19 cases In Saline County. According to the Saline County Health Department there have now been 450 total cases, with 74 cases currently active. There have been 367 people who have recovered and a total of 9 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have 2 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The Saline County Health Officer has been working closel...

To-Go Meals Offered for USD 305 Students on School Days They Learn Online

Todd PittengerAugust 26, 2020

Whenever USD 305 students are working remotely, food service is available in a drive-thru, to-go format. According to the district, meals will be distributed out of Central High School’s Kitchen II, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “This plan provides food for USD 305 students on any days they are not in a school building,” said Laine Norris, director of the district...

Over 200 COVID-19 Cases at KU

Todd PittengerAugust 26, 2020

The University of Kansas is reporting hundreds of COVID-19 cases. University officials reported Tuesday that 216 students and six faculty and staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus. More than 130 of the cases have been reported at fraternities and sororities. More than 19-thousand people on the KU campus have undergone COVID-19 testing. The school says it conducted mass te...

Confirmed COVID-19 case at Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex

Todd PittengerAugust 25, 2020

A  resident at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex has been identified as positive for COVID-19. The resident is a male over the age of 15 and was a new admission to the facility in Topeka. The Kansas Department of Corrections has been in consultation with officials from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on the next steps to address these circumstances. As a result of tha...

Grants Available For Saline County Businesses

Todd PittengerAugust 25, 2020

Saline County has been awarded a $132,000 of Community Development Block Grant, Coronavirus dollars for economic development activities. According to the county, businesses in Saline County, excluding businesses located within the city limits of Salina, who are facing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive assistance through the CDBG-CV grant funds.  This i...

12 New Saline County COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerAugust 24, 2020

There are 12 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. According to the Saline County Health Department, there have now been 439 total cases, with 88 of them currently active. There are  342 people who have recovered, and 9 people who have died. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have 2 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. According to the Kansas Department of Health & En...

KWU Canceling Homecoming Events

Todd PittengerAugust 21, 2020

Kansas Wesleyan University is cancelling its regularly scheduled fall homecoming and family weekend events and instead pushing them to virtual events and future timelines. According to the school, due to continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas Wesleyan University has cancelled the in-person, publicly accessible portion of its 2020 Homecoming and Family Weekend. No in-perso...

4 New Saline County COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerAugust 21, 2020

There are 4 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. According to the Saline County Health Department there have been 427 total cases,  with 76 cases currently active. There are 342 people who have recovered, and a total of 9 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports that they have 2 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. According to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment, ...

Rising COVID-19 in Ellis County

Todd PittengerAugust 21, 2020

Officials are attributing a rise and in COVID -19 cases in Ellis county to social gatherings. The Ellis County Health Department says they are currently monitoring a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Several people who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 attended house parties and visited bars in Hays on Friday, 8/14/2020, and Saturday, 8/15/2020. Congregating at parties and in ba...


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