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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Daily Update – May 1, 2020

Please view the recorded report here:

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases in U.S. as of noon May 1, 2020, Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Confirmed cases in Kansas and counties as of noon, May 1, 2020, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Confirmed cases in Sedgwick County as of noon, May 1, 2020, Sedgwick County Health Department




Percent Change

United States



+ 2.9




+ 12.4

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County+



+ 1.5

Periphery Counties

Harvey: 7

Butler: 16

Cowley: 2

Sumner: 3

Reno: 36



Sedgwick County COVID-19 Case Count

Total COVID-19 Cases+

Total Recovered*

Total Deaths




+There are two duplicates recorded in data from KDHE and other confirmed cases may not be reflected in KDHE numbers.
*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 criteria for testing have been revised. Residents can be tested if they have at least two symptoms of COVID-19. There are no restrictions on age or underlying condition.
  • KDHE reports that as of noon today, more than 4,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19. The Sedgwick County Health Department has tested roughly one-fourth of those 4,000 people.
  • The Health Department is currently taking samples of residents who meet the criteria to be tested for the disease at no cost to residents. The Health Department took samples from more than 90 residents today at the drive through site.
    • Residents are encouraged to call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1 if they think they should be tested for COVID-19.
    • If residents have general questions about COVID-19 they should call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • For up-to-date information, please visit


Sedgwick County Updates

  • Current orders in place:
    • Governor’s stay-at-home order is in place until May 3.
    • The Governor announced a new Executive Order beginning May 4 which includes a first phase of re-opening businesses and organizations across the state.
    • Please visit to view the latest order and guidelines for businesses and organizations.
    • This morning, Commissioners decided to follow the Governor’s Order as is, so we ask that all questions and clarifications about the Order be directed to the Governor’s Office at (785) 368-8500. Do not call 9-1-1 if you have questions or concerns about the Executive Order.

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