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For Immediate Release
December 16, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – December 16, 2020

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon December 16, 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








Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*




SC Deaths





Periphery Counties

Harvey: 2,226

Butler: 4,480

Cowley: 2,129

Sumner: 1,143

Kingman: 491

Reno: 6,377

 *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 SCHD offers no-cost testing for residents, regardless of symptoms.
  • Same day afternoon appointments are available if residents dial (316) 660-1022 and are reached by Health Department staff before noon.
  • Residents may receive their results in four to six days.  The Health Department will make three attempts to reach residents with their results.
    • If you receive a voicemail or missed call from the Health Department please call back in order to receive your results. 
    • For the quickest response please call (316)660-1022 and listen for the prompt to leave a message for the results department. 
  • Walk-in testing will be regularly available at the Sedgwick County Extension Office, 7001 W. 21st, Wichita, 67205 for saliva, NP, and oral PCR, Monday through Friday- 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. No appointment is required.
    • Walk-in sampling will not be offered by the Sedgwick County Health Department Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27 due to the Christmas holiday.
  • The SCHD Mobile Outreach Team will also provide no-cost COVID-19 testing for residents with or without symptoms on the dates listed below.  No appointment is required.
    • Thursday, December 17 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Colwich Fire Department, 116 N. Third, Colwich
    • Monday, December 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at University Methodist Church, 2220 N. Yale, Wichita


Sedgwick County Updates

  • Four social services entities were awarded a total of $608,254.
  • So far, $5.2 million in safe operating grants have been distributed to local businesses and nonprofits.
  • An additional payment to reimburse startup costs of the WSU molecular diagnostics lab was approved, bringing the total paid to $3.9 million.
  • Sedgwick County has spent $64 million for the response and recovery from COVID-19.
    • County CARES funding expenses total $54.2 million.
    • Of that, $35.2 million was used for County needs (increases from last week include family first coronavirus aid relief leave, personnel, saliva testing lab fees, cleaning services, and a single audit).
  • The spending plan was revised to reflect the actual spending and future needs.

Newly Identified COVID-19 Clusters
A cluster is considered two or more positive cases linked to the same location at the same timeframe. In order to promote transparency during this pandemic, a list of clusters in adult care homes, and clusters where not all close contacts are identified.



Number of Cases

Number of Deaths

Brookdale Tallgrass

8600 E 21st St N., Wichita

18 (10 residents, 8 staff)



Derby Health and Rehabilitation

731 N Klein Cir., Derby

44 cases (18 residents, 26 staff)


Grace Cottage

531 N Crestline St., Wichita

15 cases (6 residents, 9 staff)



Sedgwick County Detention Center


13 cases (all inmates)


Sedgwick County Work Release


Less than 5 (all residents)


Prevention Measures 

  • Remember the three W’s to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
    • Wash your hands with soap and water often
    • Wear a mask or face covering
    • Watch your distance – keep six feet of space between you and others who are not in your household

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.



Please direct all questions from media to Strategic Communications at (316) 660-9370 or