Several Lincoln County Residents Possibly Exposed To COVID-19


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The Lincoln County Health Department posted a statement on Facebook Monday about an outbreak of COVID-19 where some contacts may not have been identified.

The incident surrounds three events. The first took place on June 23rd between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for a rosary at Ryan Mortuary at 137 N. 8th Street in Salina. The second took place June 24th at 11:00 a.m. for mass for a funeral at St. Mary’s Queen of the Universe Catholic Church at 230 E. Cloud in Salina. The third incident took place June 24th between 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a luncheon for a funeral at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church at 1000 Burr Oak Lane in Salina.

The Lincoln County Health Department recommends that if you attended any of the above listed events that you need to quarantine at home until at least July 8th and monitor symptoms of COVID-19 as well as contact the Saline County Health Department at (785) 826-6600.

The health department also stated that they have been informed that several Lincoln County residents attended the events and had contact with a positive COVID-19 case and are not self-quarantining. They also recommend anybody who has symptoms to get tested and contact the Lincoln County Health Department.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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