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For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – November 20, 2020

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon November 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

Wednesday

Today

Percent Change

United States

11,419,204

11,808,698

+3.41

Kansas

128,594

134,533

+4.62

Kansas Deaths

 

1,410

 

Sedgwick County*

19,181

20,2131

+5.38

SC Deaths

 

141

 

1155 of the newly reported cases on the dashboard occurred from September until November 2; these cases came after a routine date reconciliation with KDHE.

Periphery Counties

Harvey: 1,553

Butler: 2,790

Cowley: 1,267

Sumner: 658

Kingman: 302

Reno: 4,125

 *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

  • Regular hours at the drive-through sampling site for NP swab and saliva specimens are as follows:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday – 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m.
  • The drive-through sampling site will be closed for Thanksgiving November 26 and 27 but sampling will be available Saturday, November 28 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.
    • Sedgwick County residents may call (316) 660-1022 on Thursday, November 26 to leave a voicemail.
    • On Friday, November 27, staff will work in the call center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. returning messages.
    • Residents can expect a return call the same day or within two business days. Please do not leave multiple voicemail messages as it slows down the system and delays response times.
  • 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.
    • Priority for testing will be given to people with symptoms and those who are in the following priority asymptomatic groups: public works employees, people working in in-person classrooms of preK to 12th grade students, healthcare workers (including hospital, clinic, long-term care, hospice, and home health), first responders, law enforcement, detention facility workers, Direct Support Professionals, or people who work in residential living facilities.
    • People in the priority asymptomatic group can be tested weekly. Other asymptomatic persons can be tested once.
    • Residents may receive their results in four to six days.
  • The SCHD Mobile Outreach Team will provide no-cost COVID-19 testing for residents with or without symptoms on the dates listed below. 
    • Monday, November 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Haysville Community Center, 130 E. 2nd St. S, Haysville
    • Tuesday, November 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Derby Madison Park Pavilion, 512 E. Madison Ave, Derby

Sedgwick County Updates

  • The current local health order is in effect until Thursday, December 31.
  • The portal for non-profits to apply for funding is available for other, health or social services organizations. Organizations have days to apply for funding.
  • The safe operating grant portal is open until funds are exhausted or until November 30, 2020. 
  • Commissioners will discuss CARES funding at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 24. The meeting will be livestreamed on the County’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • County offices will be closed on November 26 – 27 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  

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.

All questions from media should be directed to Communications at (316) 660-9370 or communications@sedgwick.gov.