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For Immediate Release
August 19, 2020
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

This Week in Sedgwick County - August 19

Board of County Commissioners

  • County leaders provided a COVID-19 update to Commissioners.
    • According to the data available, overall the numbers appear to be stable.
    • The Health Department has tested more than 1,000 people since last week.
      • Staff continue to work with the lab in Lenexa, KS to begin sampling and testing saliva for COVID-19.
    • Commissioners voted to affirm Dr. Minns’ order signed on August 18. The order can be found here: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/.
  • There was a discussion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
    • Sedgwick County has spent about $9.4 million in CARES funding since the beginning of March.
    • Over the past week, funding has been used for EMS durable goods, a lease agreement for the former Armory building which operates as the Health Department’s drive through site, building repairs for the HVAC assessment, masks and gowns, Zoom licenses and other technology.
    • Applications for the safe operating grants for businesses are due by September 11.
    • Staff continue to order Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies for businesses to distribute in September.
  • Board appointments: Kathy Bond, Mental Health Advisory Board; Lashonda Garnes, Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board; Taishma Owens-Council, Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board; Karen Countryman-Roswurm, Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board.
  • The 2020 Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant was approved.
    • Sedgwick County’s portion of this grant totals $185,727.
    • It will fund various pieces of equipment for public safety agencies.
  • Commissioners approved at grant renewal for the Older American Act totaling $3.2 million for the Central Plains Area on Aging.
  • The purchase of four dump trucks for Public Works has been deferred to a later meeting.

 

Upcoming Events

  • The meeting for the Board of Bids and Contracts at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20 is cancelled.
  • The Sedgwick County CARES Stimulus Review Team will meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20. The meeting will be streamed live online via YouTube Live and Sedgwick County Government’s Facebook page.

 

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

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