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For Immediate Release
September 2, 2020
Kate Flavin


Sedgwick County COVID-19 Update – September 2, 2020

The link to today’s briefing can be found here:

COVID-19 Overall Case Count
Confirmed cases as of noon September 2, 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



+ 1.42




+ 3.11

Kansas Deaths




Sedgwick County*



+ 1.12

SC Deaths





Periphery Counties

Harvey: 298

Butler: 484

Cowley: 266

Sumner: 128

Kingman: 44

Reno: 804

*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 Health Department expects to begin phasing in saliva testing next week with certain sectors such as long-term care facilities.
  • More than 80,000 residents have been tested for COVID-19 in Sedgwick County and 65 residents were scheduled to be tested at the SCHD drive-through site this morning.
    • The SCHD offers no-cost testing of symptomatic residents and people working in certain high-risk professions.
    • Next day 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 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. next week. 
    • Tuesday, September 8 at Bethany United Methodist Church, 1601 S. Main St., Wichita, KS 67213
    • Wednesday, September 9 at Park City – location to be determined


Sedgwick County Updates

  • Sedgwick County has spent about $10.2 million in CARES funding since the beginning of March.
    • Over the past two weeks, funding has increased for temporary contracts, disinfecting wipes for the organization, EMS supplies, payroll, cleaning services, and technology and software.
  • Today Commissioners approved a request for $149,000 to purchase a whole body scanner for the Sheriff’s Office. The body scanner enables social distancing by significantly limiting physical contact between Sheriff’s Office staff and persons entering the facilities.
  • The Sedgwick County Virtual Town Hall Meeting with Local Physicians will begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, September 3.
    • Watch it live on Sedgwick County’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
  • Small businesses that have had a disruption in business may be eligible for a safe operating grant from Sedgwick County.
  • 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.
  • The current Emergency Public Health Order is in effect until at least midnight Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

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