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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2020
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County

Board of County Commissioners

  • Health Director Adrienne Byrne provided a COVID-19 update to the Board of County Commissioners.
    • Sedgwick County has a total of 441 COVID-19 cases.
    • Two-hundred-fifty-nine residents have recovered from COVID-19.
    • Seventeen residents from Sedgwick County have died from COVID-19
    • More than 5,000 Sedgwick County residents have been tested for COVID-19.
      • The Health Department has taken samples and tested 1,533 residents.
    • Anyone can be tested at the Sedgwick County Health Department at no cost if they have at least one of the 12 symptoms of COVID-19.
    • More than 120 people are working on the Health Department’s COVID-19 Response Team to support our community’s effort mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
  • Assistant County Manager for Public Safety Rusty Leeds provided a report on emergency operations.
    • The qualified EOC agencies collectively have three-to-four weeks of supplies of personal protection equipment (PPE) on-hand. 
    • PPE usage reports were received from 142 agencies last week.
    • The Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) Battelle N95 facemask sanitizing service will be operational this week. The Sheriff’s personnel are managing the local drop-off point for masks.    
  • Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman gave an update on COVID-19 sample testing.
    • SCHD has 4,182 testing kits on-hand at the Health Department.
      • There are 17,000 testing swabs on order. 
    • The drive-thru testing site served 538 people last week.
    • The Sedgwick County website has a testing site locator to help identify nearby testing locations.
    • The Health Department is doing somewhere between 25 percent to 30 percent of all community sampling.
  • The Board received a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act update from County Manager Tom Stolz. 
    • The team of internal stakeholders and community partners to review CARES Act spending has been identified.
    • A strategic plan to prioritize CARES spending is being developed.
  • The Board approved the acceptance of PPE donations from various citizens and community partners to aid in COVID-19 response.
  • Commissioners declared May 3 - 9, 2020 as Correctional Officers Week in Sedgwick County.
  • Commissioners declared May 10 - 16, 2020 as Police Week in Sedgwick County.



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 For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.