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For Immediate Release
August 9, 2022
Stephanie Birmingham


Archived: Sedgwick County COVID-19 Risk Level Remains High



(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – For the third consecutive week, Sedgwick County remains at high risk for COVID-19 transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level. At a high community level, the CDC recommends everyone mask indoors in public, stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, and test if they have symptoms or are exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

To heighten public awareness of increased COVID-19 risk, the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) today resumed publishing the Sedgwick County COVID-19 Dashboard on the SCHD website ( The dashboard will update weekly on Fridays with current information on new COVID-19 cases, the number of COVID-19 tests, and the percent of positive tests. This information will also continue to be available on the Sedgwick County COVID-19 StoryMap, published weekly on Wednesdays. 

Vaccines for people 5 years and older

To stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC recommends a primary vaccine series followed by a booster for people 5 years and older. These safe, effective and no-cost vaccines remain widely available through pharmacies, community clinics and healthcare providers. 

Vaccines for children 6 months through 4 years old 

A primary COVID-19 vaccine series is available for children 6 months through 4 years old. For vaccination, contact your child's pediatrician or healthcare provider or SCHD’s W. Central clinic. For other providers serving this group, visit

 COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines

There are numerous COVID-19 testing options available for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed. SCHD offers no-cost sampling and testing by appointment at its W. Central Clinic. Wichita State University’s Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (WSU MDL) also offers no-cost sampling and testing by appointment (to schedule, visit and through community partners (  

To make an appointment for testing or vaccination at SCHD’s W. Central clinic, call (316) 660-7300.  

For more information on local vaccination and testing options, including information on how to order free at-home test kits, visit