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For Immediate Release
April 17, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Daily Update – April 17, 2020

Please view the recorded report here:

COVID-19 Overall Case Count

Confirmed cases in U.S. as of noon April 17, 2020, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Confirmed cases in Kansas and counties as of noon, April 17, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment


  • Number of confirmed cases in the U.S. increased from 641,166 to 671,493
  • Number of confirmed cases in Kansas increased from 1,588 to 1,705
  • Number of confirmed deaths in Kansas: 84
  • Number of confirmed cases in Sedgwick County increased from 219 to 231+
  • Number of confirmed cases in periphery counties:
    • Harvey County: 5
    • Butler County: 10
    • Cowley County: 1
    • Sumner: 3
    • Reno County: 13



Sedgwick County COVID-19 Case Count

This table is generally updated daily after noon, after KDHE updates are shared.

Total COVID-19 Cases+

Total Recovered*

Total Deaths




+There are two duplicates recorded in data from KDHE.

*A person is considered recovered from COVID-19 72 hours after symptoms stop or seven days after symptoms start, whichever is longer.



Sedgwick County Health Department Update

  • The Health Department is currently taking samples of residents who meet the criteria to be tested for COVID-19.
    • If residents have general questions about COVID-19 or if they think they need to be tested for it, they should call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • For up-to-date information, please visit
  • The criteria for testing have been revised. Residents can be tested if they have a fever and at least two other symptoms of COVID-19. There are no restrictions on age or underlying condition.


Sedgwick County Updates

  • Current orders in place:
    • Governor’s order banning public gatherings in excess of 10 people is in place until May 1.
    • Governor’s stay-at-home order is in place until May 3.


  • View a breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County by a variety of data points at
    • This information is reflective of the residents seeking testing for COVID-19 and may not be a full representation of the disease in Sedgwick County.
    • This information will be updated and expanded based on the increase of COVID-19 cases in our community.


  • Residents may also use the online testing site locator to find a facility nearby that may take samples to test for COVID-19.
    • Before being tested please call United Way of the Plains 2-1-1 to setup an appointment.


Prevention Measures

  • Stay home
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes
  • Maintain social distancing – keep six feet of space between you and others
  • Limit public gatherings to 10 people or less



Face Mask Guidance

  • KDHE notes that homemade masks may be another tool along with the above prevention measures to keep people from unknowingly spreading the virus. 
  • Use this acronym when considering safe homemade mask use:
    • Multi-layered, tightly-woven 100% Cotton.
      • Use a thread count of 180 or higher. Don’t buy surgical or N95 masks.
    • Avoid your face and remove it from behind.
      • Never touch the front of the mask, and always remove it from behind your head.
    • Scrap it if it’s damaged, soiled, or doesn’t fit.
      • Make sure it’s breathable and fits snug. Don’t use it while it’s damp, wet, or dirty.
    • Keep the mask and your hands clean.
      • Wash your hands before you put the mask on/after you take it off. Wash or dispose the mask after every use.



Mental Health Support

  • COMCARE of Sedgwick County is offering a Support Line for individuals who may be experiencing an elevation in mental health symptoms.
  • Individuals may call (316) 660-1111 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • They’ll receive resources, coping skill ideas, and encouragement to keep doing what they need to do to stay healthy, emotionally and physically.
  • Residents who are experiencing a mental health crisis should call (316) 660-7500.




Donation Requests

  • If you are a business and would like to offer support/ donations to keep our public safety and healthcare workers safe, there is a list of ongoing needs at our website,
  • Contact Sedgwick County Emergency Management at (316) 660-5959 to donate.






All questions from media should be directed to Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370 or