For Immediate Release
May 13, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

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 507 COVID-19 cases.
    • Three-hundred-sixteen residents have recovered from COVID-19.
    • Twenty residents from Sedgwick County have died from COVID-19
    • Sixty-three percent of COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County have included a fever.
      • The top-two COVID-19 symptoms are cough (65%) and fever (63%).
    • Sedgwick County Animal Control recently received a donation of 27 pallets of dog and cat food. After sharing with local animal shelters, pet rescues, and food banks, there is still cat food available to the public.
  • Assistant County Manager for Public Safety Rusty Leeds provided a report on emergency operations.
    • The Emergency Operations Center continues to receive personal protective equipment (PPE) manufactured by local community partners.
    • The County is collaborating with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management (KDEM) to procure facemasks for local dentist offices.
    • Over 40 local agencies have applied for KDEM’s Battelle N95 facemask sanitizing service over the last week.    
  • Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman gave an update on COVID-19 sample testing.
    • The Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) has 9,773 testing kits on-hand.
      • There are 10,000 testing swabs on order. 
    • The drive-thru testing site served 526 people last week.
    • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) statistics show that over 7,000 individuals in Sedgwick County have been tested for COVID-19.
      • SCHD has administered over 1,500 of the tests. 
    • SCHD is planning randomized sampling events to provide statistical data regarding community-spread of the virus.
    • SCHD is offering no-cost testing to symptomatic and asymptomatic Sedgwick County first-responders, law enforcement, health care workers, meat packing plant employees, and individuals who work in residential group-settings, such as the Department of Corrections, residential schools and group homes.
    • SCHD has a vehicle-- which has been modified with safety features-- to transport individuals to testing sites free-of-charge.
  • The Board received a Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act update from Chief Financial Officer Lindsay Poe Rousseau, Assistant County Manager Tania Cole, and Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman. 
    • Of the $99,636,916.90 received through the CARES Act, a total of $742,460.99 in spending authority has been utilized. Examples include:
      • COVID-19 “hero pay”
      • PPE procurement
      • Hiring of specialized staff
    • A “notice of funding opportunities” is being developed to determine how CARES funds may be accessed by other agencies.
    • A request for $4,220,307.37 in budget authority was approved for temporary hires, including 47 positions at SCHD.
  • The Board approved the Sedgwick County Health and Economic Recovery Plan, a recommended set of guidelines for local businesses and organizations to reference as they reopen to the public. The plan is available on the Sedgwick County website and will be updated periodically. 
  • The Board approved the extension of the local disaster declaration first put in place in March 2020.
  • Commissioners received the presentation of the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the quarterly financial report for the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. 

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 View the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYxZO4v12X0

 

 

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