For Immediate Release
May 20, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

Sedgwick County COVID-19 Daily Update – May 20, 2020

The link to today’s daily briefing can be found here: https://youtu.be/YuylSt_gGyE

COVID-19 Overall Case Count

Confirmed cases as of noon May 20, 2020

U.S. cases – Johns Hopkins University & Medicine

Kansas and counties cases – Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Sedgwick County cases – Sedgwick County Health Department

 

Location

Yesterday

Today

Percent Change

 

United States

1,510,988

1,532,974

+ 1.5

 

Kansas

8,340

8,539

+ 2.4

 

Kansas Deaths

 

178

 

 

Sedgwick County+

538

539

+ 0.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periphery Counties

 

Harvey: 13

Butler: 23

Cowley: 4

Sumner: 6

Reno: 51

                   

  

 Sedgwick County COVID-19 Case Count

Total COVID-19 Cases+

Total Recovered*

Total Deaths

539

367

20

+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 10 days after symptoms start, whichever is longer.

  

Sedgwick County Health Department Update

  • More than 8,600 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in Sedgwick County. The Health Department sampled more than 50 people today through the drive through site.
  • Residents can be tested at no cost, regardless of insurance, if they have at least two symptoms of COVID-19. There are no restrictions on age or underlying condition.
    • Please call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1 if you think you should be tested for the disease.
    • General questions about COVID-19 should be directed to United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • There is new information available on the County’s data dashboard related to testing demographics. For up-to-date information, please visit sedgwickcounty.org.

Sedgwick County Updates

  • Phase 1.5 of the Governor’s Plan took effect, Monday, May 18. 
  • Governor Laura Kelly announced that Phase 2 will go into effect Friday, May 22. Key highlights of Phase 2 include:
  • Mass gatherings of more than 15 individuals will be prohibited;
  • All businesses and activities slated to open during Phase 2 will be allowed, with the exception of bars, night clubs and swimming pools. These will be moved to Phase 3;
  • Recreational organized sports facilities, tournaments and practices will be allowed to begin on Friday, May 22, and must adhere to social distancing requirements and follow Parks and Recs guidelines, which can be found on ks.gov;
  • Community Centers will be allowed to open, except for indoor and outdoor swimming pools;
  • Indoor leisure spaces such as arcades, trampoline parks, theaters, museums and bowling allies will be allowed to open on May 22;
  • In-person group exercise classes will be allowed to begin with groups of no more than 15 at a time. Locker rooms remain closed except for restroom facilities;
  • All questions and clarifications about the Order should 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.
  • The Sedgwick County Health Department is hiring several positions through December to help in the fight against COVID-19. If you are interested in applying, please visit sedgwickcounty.org/ and search keyword COVID.
  •  The Sedgwick County main courthouse and Juvenile Courthouse will reopen on Tuesday, May 26. Now through the beginning of July, other County facilities will reopen to the public. For more information please visit sedgwickcounty.org.

 

 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

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.

 

All questions from media should be directed to Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370 or kate.flavin@sedgwick.gov.