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For Immediate Release
August 12, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – August 12, 2020

The link to today’s briefing can be found here:

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon August 12, 2020
U.S. cases – Johns Hopkins University & Medicine
Kansas and counties cases – Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Sedgwick County cases – Sedgwick County Health Department




Percent Change

United States



+ 1.86




+ 2.57

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*



+ 2.49

Periphery Counties

Harvey: 218

Butler: 314

Cowley: 178

Sumner: 99

Reno: 360

*Sedgwick County’s data reflects results from nasopharyngeal (NP) confirmed COVID-19 cases; the KDHE dashboard shows results from NP tests (confirmed cases) and IgM antibody tests and antigen tests if linked to a confirmed case. It also includes close contacts of positive cases and residents who have clinical COVID-19 symptoms.


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Case Count

Total COVID-19 Cases

Total Recovered**

Total Deaths




**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

  • Almost 63,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in Sedgwick County and 189 residents were scheduled to be tested at the SCHD drive-through site this morning.
    • The Sedgwick County Health Department offers no-cost testing of symptomatic residents and people working in certain high-priority professions.
    • Please call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1 if you think you should be tested for the disease or if you have general questions about it.
  • This week, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. the Mobile Outreach Team will provide no cost COVID-19 testing for symptomatic residents, contacts of COVID-19 positive people, or people in certain high-risk professions. Dates and locations are listed below.
  • Thursday, August 13 at Pathway Church, 18800 W Kellogg Dr, Goddard, KS 67052


Sedgwick County Updates

  • There was a discussion of the CARES Act during today’s Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
    • Commissioners approved a request for $72,000 to fund HVAC assessments in 12 County buildings including the main courthouse, historic courthouse, Ronald Reagan Building, Juvenile Detention Facility, and the Adult Detention Facility (jail).
    • CARES spending totals $6.6 million since late March.
      • $63,000 for temp positions
      • $31,000 for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
      • $40,000 for cleaning services
      • $41,000 for custodial supplies
      • $18,000 for technology for new and remote staff
      • $26,000 for chairs and desks for new Health Department staff
      • $13,000 for cleaning services
  • A CARES Economic Recovery Plan totaling $9.3 million was approved.
    • The external review committee made one recommendation contingent approval from Arrowhead West for PPE and cleaning supplies contingent on receiving receipts for facilities only in Sedgwick County. Commissioners approved the recommendation.
  • Commissioners adopted the 2021 Sedgwick County Budget and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
  • The 2021 Adopted Budget totals $438,259,900 for Sedgwick County Government and $19,368,910 for Sedgwick County Fire District 1.
  • Together, the full Budget totals $457,628,810.
  • The 2021 CIP totals $24 million.
  • There will be a special Commission meeting at tomorrow 11 a.m. to review COVID-19 testing opportunities.


Prevention Measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Maintain social distancing – keep at least six feet of space between you and others who are not in your household
  • Wear a face mask/covering if social distancing is not an option
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home if you are ill

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 Communications at (316) 660-9370 or