COVID-19

Kansas COVID-19 Update: 5-6

Jeremy BohnMay 6, 2020

Over 5,700 Kansans have contracted Coronavirus. That's according to the Kansas Department of Health & Environment who released the latest information at 9 a.m. Wednesday. The KDHE says that 5,734 people have COVID-19 in Kansas, while 571 have had to be hospitalized and the death toll has now ticked to 144 people. New cases continue to fire up in southwest Kansas, as Ford County has 880 c...

A Mask Mission to Protect Elderly

KSAL StaffMay 6, 2020

With a heart for the elderly and a high regard for the workers who care for them, Brian Metzger of Salina has put his own business on hold to provide free protective masks to help in the fight against COVID-19.   [audio mp3="http://www.ksal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/metzger-1.mp3"][/audio]   Metzger is the owner of GP Home Defense, and as a bed bug elimination expert has...

Animal Shelter Cutting Back Services

Todd PittengerMay 6, 2020

In a money saving effort cutbacks are being implemented at Salina Animal Services. According to the City of Salina, they have temporarily reduced the schedule of its workforce possibly through the end of the year in an effort to prepare for expected budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the April safer-at-home order. The City says because of this Salina Animal Services has been ...

City Staff and Operations Affected by Economic Impact of COVID-19

KSAL StaffMay 5, 2020

The City of Salina has recently made numerous changes to its budget, staffing schedules and operational hours. According to the City, the most-recent budget adjustments were made through a combination of work-hour reductions, temporary furloughs, not filling 30 existing vacancies, and suspending hiring numerous seasonal part-time employees pending further review of seasonal program offerings. ...

Saline County Still Steady With 21 COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerMay 5, 2020

Saline County has gone five days in a row without any additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report. The county is holding steady with 21 cases and two deaths. Statewide, though, numbers keep rising. The KDHE reported the following in their daily release: A total of 5,458 positive cases and 137 deaths.  That is an increase of 210 positive cases from yesterday’s release. 34,634 ne...

Central Mall to Reopen Wednesday

Todd PittengerMay 5, 2020

The Central Mall will reopen on Wednesday. According to the mall, they will have limited hours, Monday to Saturday 11am - 7pm and Sundays 12pm - 6pm. Entrance doors will open one hour prior to the mall opening. They say the safety and health of guests, employees, and community is always their top priority. The Central Mall will continue to follow the CDC recommendations. Individual sto...

Flights Reduced at Salina Airport

Jeff GarretsonMay 5, 2020

What took a decade for airlines to rebuild following the Great Recession - has taken a little more than a month to choke out on the runway. According to Tim Rogers Executive Director with Salina Airport Authority, air carriers around the nation have taken a significant hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in a 95% drop in passengers.   [audio mp3="http://www.ksal.com/wp-content/...

Kansas COVID-19 Update: 5-4

Jeremy BohnMay 4, 2020

New cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Kansas, however, hospitalization and death rates remain flat. The Kansas Department of Health & Environment released the latest information at 9 a.m. Monday and says that there have been 5,245 cases of the disease. Of those cases, 553 have had to be hospitalized, while 136 Kansans have died due to complications with COVID-19. New cases continue t...

COVID-19 Confirmed at Ellsworth Correctional Facility

Lauren FitzgeraldMay 4, 2020

Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced today that one staff member working at Ellsworth Correctional Facility (ECF) tested positive for COVID-19. This is the sixth KDOC facility with confirmed cases, including Lansing Correctional Facility, Wichita Work Release Facility, Topeka Correctional Facility, Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex and El Dorado Correctional Fa...

Saline County Steady With 21 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Todd PittengerMay 3, 2020

Saline County has gone three days in a row without any additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 to report. The county is holding steady with 21 cases and two deaths. Statewide, though, numbers keep rising. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are a total of 5,030 positive cases and 134 deaths. The agency on Saturday reported 297 new cases, and on Sunday 284 new c...


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