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For Immediate Release
September 16, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – September 16, 2020

There will not be a video report today or in the future unless or until there is a significant change either with an order or data.

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



+ 1.17




+ 1.95

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*



+ 0.87

SC Deaths





Periphery Counties

Harvey: 328

Butler: 828

Cowley: 313

Sumner: 166

Kingman: 67

Reno: 925

 *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

  • Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) staff will take nasopharyngeal (NP) swab specimens at the drive-through sampling site (DTSS) at the following hours:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday and Thursday – 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Over 90,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 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.
    • Appointments can be made by calling United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.
    • With the new results portal implemented, 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. 
    • Monday, September 21 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Madison Avenue Central Park Pavilion, 512 E. Madison, Derby, KS 67037
    • Wednesday, September 23 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cedar Chapel United Methodist Church, 1140 E. 47th St S., Wichita, KS 67216

Sedgwick County Updates

  • There was a discussion of the CARES Act.
    • Commissioners voted to add a sentence to the small business agreements that businesses must comply with local health orders to receive funding.
    • The Board approved $894,750 for technology needs for the 18th Judicial District Court.
    • CARES spending now totals $19.7 million. These funds have been used for hero pay, cleaning services, Health Department testing, and technology, and support to local cities and schools. School districts that applied for CARES funding received their request in full.
  • Commissioners sent a request to Dr. Minns to remove the curfew for bars and restaurants from 11 p.m. to midnight.
  • Local public healthcare and social service providers that have had unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 may apply for reimbursements.
    • Applications and information can be found here.
    • The deadline to apply for this funding is September 20, 2020.
    • Examples of eligible COVID-19 related expenses include: establishing and operating public telemedicine capabilities for COVID-19 related treatment; acquisition and distribution of medical and protective supplies; expenses for disinfection of public areas and other facilities.

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.



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