COVID-19

Christmas Cruise Replacing Parade of Lights

Todd PittengerNovember 20, 2020

Salina Downtown will light up Saturday night with a parade of lights. But it will be a different sort of parade this year. Due to COVID-19 concerns the traditional Parade of Lights has been cancelled. “This was one of the hardest decisions we’ve had to make this year”, said Executive Director of Salina Downtown Penny Bettles. “This event brings in hundreds of people to downtown Salina, ...

Hospital Implements “No Visitor” ER Policy

Todd PittengerNovember 19, 2020

Due to increasing COVID-19 activity in the community and region, the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department has implemented a “No Visitor” policy effective Friday. According to the hospital, as they continue to see community-wide spread of COVID-19, it is important to take appropriate steps to provide safety to staff and patients within the Emergency Department. Exceptions to t...

Mask Up to Keep Schools Open

Todd PittengerNovember 19, 2020

All of the schools in Saline County have united to send out the same message: mask up to keep schools open. Thursday morning eight local districts and schools issued a call for the community to please wear face coverings in order to enable schools to stay open.  The schools say to please remember your choice will affect the educational journeys and professional livelihoods of many within Salin...

121 New Saline County COVID Cases

Todd PittengerNovember 18, 2020

There are 121 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County. According to the Saline County Health Department, there have now been 1,850 total cases, with 492 currently active. There are 1,341 people who have recovered, and a total of 17 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports they have 25 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboard has been updated with the latest informati...

Governor Enacts New Statewide Mask Mandate

Todd PittengerNovember 18, 2020

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is issuing a new statewide mask mandate. The governor made the announcement at a media conference Wednesday afternoon. Governor Kelly said she is issuing an executive order ordering masks in every county across Kansas. [audio mp3="http://www.ksal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/new-mask-mandate.mp3"][/audio]   The Governor said this is no a "one size fit...

No Changes in Saline County Mask Mandate

Todd PittengerNovember 18, 2020

As county commissioners prepare for a special meeting on Friday to discuss the COVID situation in Saline County and potential consideration for additional restrictions, they have made no changes in a face covering ordinance which was put in place back in July. At their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday commissioners were provided an update from Deputy Health Department Director Loralee Tibbet...

County to Consider Stricter COVID Related Restrictions

Todd PittengerNovember 17, 2020

With record numbers of COVID-19 cases spreading across the area Saline County officials will consider stricter restrictions to combat it. Saline County Commissioners will meet Friday 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 restrictions to combat COVID-19. Saline Count...

USD 305 Changes Fan Attendance Policy

Todd PittengerNovember 16, 2020

The increasing number of COVID cases has prompted USD 305 to change its attendance policy for athletic events. According to USD 305, they have been working closely with the Saline County Health Department to contact trace every confirmed COVID test of a student or staff member. The vast majority of cases are traced back to community contact, not transmission in the schools. Both the case num...

126 New Saline County COVID Cases

Todd PittengerNovember 16, 2020

There are 126 new positive COVID-19 cases in Saline County, including another outbreak at a restaurant. According to the Saline County Health Department, there have now been 1,729 total cases, with 383 currently active. There are 1,329 people who have recovered, and a total of 17 deaths. Salina Regional Health Center reports they have 26 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The county dashboar...

Third Inmate Death at Ellsworth From COVID

Lauren FitzgeraldNovember 16, 2020

An Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) resident who died Sunday, November15 had tested positive for COVID-19. This is third resident death from ECF, and the tenth resident death related to COVID-19 for the department. The resident was moved October 26 to the Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF) COVID-19 Management Unit (CMU) after testing positive for the virus, and then transported from LCF t...


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