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For Immediate Release
October 7, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – October 7, 2020

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon October 7, 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



+ 1.15




+ 1.98

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*



+ 0.84

SC Deaths





Periphery Counties

Harvey: 394

Butler: 1,064

Cowley: 426

Sumner: 221

Kingman: 105

Reno: 1,301

 *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

  • So far, the Health Department has identified a cluster of 19 cases of COVID-19 at Derby High School.
  • Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) staff will take nasopharyngeal (NP) swab and saliva specimens at the drive-through sampling site (DTSS) at the following hours:
    • 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.
  • Over 115,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Sedgwick County.
    • The SCHD offers no-cost testing of symptomatic residents, contacts of COVID-19 positive people, and people working in certain high-risk professions.
    • Same day afternoon appointments are available if residents dial 2-1-1 United Way of the Plains and are reached by Health Department staff before noon.
    • Residents may receive their results in four to six days.
  • 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 at the below dates and times.
    • From 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 8 at Pathway Church Westlink, 2001 N. Maize Road, Wichita.
    • From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 13 at Colonial Heights Church, 5200 S. Broadway Ave., Wichita.


Sedgwick County Updates

  • The current local health order is in effect until Wednesday, October 21.
  • Nearly 1,000 applications have been received for a safe operating grant.
  • Commissioners voted to open the safe operating grant portal to other non-profits, not related to social services or public health.
  • The portal for PPE Kit reservations remains open and is open to non-profit organizations. Distribution will begin Monday at various locations.
  • Non-profits are also able to request PPE kits through Sedgwick County.
  • Commissioners approved funding agreements with WSU Tech, Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, and Friends University for training opportunities for laid-off workers.
  • So far, Sedgwick County has spent more than $21 million in CARES funds.
    • $13.2 million has been used to support County needs: hero pay, temp positions, testing, court technology, temporary positions, and PPE.
    • More than $8 million was provided to K-12 schools and cities which is half of the total allocations to cities and all the funding allocated to schools.
    • $241,000 through CARES HAVA funds has been used for additional ballot boxes, voting site PPE, and cleaning and operating supplies for the Election Office.
  • An additional $1.5 million will be divided between school districts that originally applied for CARES funding on a per-pupil basis.

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