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For Immediate Release
August 21, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – August 21, 2020

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon August 21, 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



+ 1.64




+ 2.69

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*



+ 11.51

SC Deaths




Periphery Counties

Harvey: 268

Butler: 370

Cowley: 222

Sumner: 110

Kingman: 34

Reno: 555

*Sedgwick County’s data reflects people who test positive with nasopharyngeal (NP) swab molecular testing (confirmed COVID-19 cases). The KDHE dashboard differs because it also includes people who are IgM antibody test or antigen test positive if they are linked to a confirmed case or if they have COVID-19 symptoms.



Sedgwick County Health Department Update

  • The large increase in cases today is due to newly reported results from an ongoing cluster at the Sedgwick County Detention Center.
  • More than 70,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in Sedgwick County and 123 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.
    • Next day appointments can be made by calling United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • With the new results portal implemented the week of August 10, patients are now able to access test results as early as three days after sampling.
  • 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 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the following days. 
    • Monday, August 24 at the Clearwater Community Center, 921 E. Janet Ave, Clearwater, KS 67026
    • Wednesday, August 26 at Tabernacle Bible Church, 1817 N. Volutsia, Wichita, KS 67214


Sedgwick County Updates

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