Here is a sampling of social media comments about stories from across the state:
Ottawa Herald Facebook: Governor recommends counties remain in Phase 3 of reopening
Greg Hoggatt: The rise is caused by more people getting tested didn’t mean it’s spreading
Carol Cain: Are the hospitals full of people with this virus??? I’m not hearing it???
Cristina Larios Meharry: Wise move Govenor! Even though our infection rate is up, our hospitalizations are not stressed. I continue to stand by your decision to open slowly. Those that wish to deny what's going on around them in OK, AZ, MO and TX are welcome.
Steve Schulte (Cristina Larios Meharry): Don't believe everything you hear. If this wasn't an election year you would even find anything printed on any major news paper except as 3rd or 4th page news.
Cristina Larios Meharry (Steve Schulte): That may not be true in this case.Everyone who does not see danger or recognize the risk, especially the young, who think they are invinsible. This isn't some pesky little germ that is going away because we live in America. It's a serious problem and should be taken seriously.
Salina Journal Facebook: County reports 10 new COVID-19 cases
Brandy Johnson: 7 days 10 cases. Shut it down shut it all down! But don't shut it down till Sunday at midnight so people can get enough tp and hambuger to survive till January.
Todd Begnoche: Odds of drowning=1 in 1,086. Odds of dying from coronavirus in Saline County=1 in 50,000.
Ron Musfelt: People don't wear a mask because you don't need to. Just trying to scare everybody again. Stop the brainwashing from the media and health officials. People are surviving this virus and are not dying.
Amy Patton Hernandez (Ron Musfelt): I personally know 5 people who caught it. 1 died. 20% mortality rate amongst those I know. That's enough for me to take precautions. I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I'm not a sheep either. Be smart about it.
Nick Gleason (Ron Musfelt): thanks for the info Dr
Hutchinson News Facebook: Positive COVID-19 cases rising
Alexis Lemieux: Do you guys realize that a mask is doing nothing to protect you? Its to keep you from spreading pathogens (ie. Spit) when you talk, cough, laugh,sneeze. Eventually we are all gonna have it. At this point its inevitable.
Susan Alexander (Alexis Lemieux): We're not all going to get it if everyone wears a mask and social distances. If we can just keep following the recommendations until a vaccine is available.
Cynthia Dierks: Why is "wearing a mask" such a hard thing for people to do? It's not political, it's not a sign of weakness, it's not a "macho" issue. It's a very simple, easy thing to do to help stop the spread of the virus - yes folks, it's still out there, it hasn't gone away. It shows that you care about others as well as your family and yourself! If you think catching it and recovering from the virus is no big deal - think again. The virus damages your lungs that will impact your life years from now even if you show no signs or effects of the virus at the time you have it. That's science folks - not idle threats.
Bethany Krafels (Cynthia Dierks): just because you wear a mask doesn’t mean you won’t get it or give it. Most people don’t wash their hands frequently enough and when they take their mask off they have a false sense of security, meanwhile spreading germs everywhere. Also not wearing a mask doesn’t mean you don’t care about yourself or others... it just means you believe in different "science".
Ginger Lewman (Bethany Krafels): Boy I have never seen science put in quotes in a more accurate context than this! Yes. Some people DEF do believe in something like a different "science." As for me? I’ll wear a mask and understand (not just "believe in") actual science.
Tess Goodman: Because people still don't understand the term "exponential spread" we're going to be dealing with this virus well into 2021. But, it's going to take out a lot of dumb people in the process of infecting the innocent, so, chins up, folks! *sarcasm*
Kevin Jacques: The European Union is doing things right they have pretty well flattened the curve!