Ministry of Health urges COVID precautions

As COVID cases begin to rise again, local health officials are recommending that masks be worn indoors in public and on public transportation. Saline County Health Department guidelines are consistent with CDC guidelines at the county community level.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has raised Saline County’s community transmission rate of COVID-19 from “moderate” to “high,” bypassing the “substantial” designation altogether.

According to the health department, based on the current level, the recommendations are as follows:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public and on public transport.
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Get tested if you have symptoms.

If you are at high risk of serious illness, consider taking extra precautions.

The agency says the vaccines are free, safe, effective and widely available. Staying up to date on your vaccinations provides important protection. Those who are current are less likely to be hospitalized or succumb to the virus if they contract COVID-19. Unfortunately, no vaccine is 100% guaranteed to prevent COVID.

With this in mind, they urge all residents to remain vigilant. Stay home if you are sick, especially when it comes to COVID. Have it tested. Free tests are available at the Department of Health and the Salina Family Health Care Center. You can also order them online at COVID.gov/tests.

COVID isn’t as visible now, of course, but it’s not over. This is no time to indulge