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For Immediate Release
December 22, 2020
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County - December 22 2020

Board of County Commissioners

  • An emergency sick leave policy was approved.
    • This policy is related to the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act.
  • Commissioners received a report of CARES funding. 
  • It includes a one-time reimbursement for sick leave related to COVID-19.
  • Six public health and social services organizations and one city were reimbursed a total of $119,818.
  • Commissioners approved a YMCA sub-recipient agreement amendment for the remote learning center that continued into December.
  • A total of 1,468 safe operating grant applications were submitted with an estimated total of $7.2 million.
    • So far, 1,171 grants have been paid out totaling $5.7 million.
  • Commissioners voted to pay the final reimbursement of $117,365 to WSU’s molecular diagnostics lab. This brings the total reimbursement to $4 million.
    • Sedgwick County has spent $64.8 million for the response and recovery from COVID-19.
      • County CARES funding expenses total $55 million.
      • Of that, $35.5 million was used for County needs, including some new costs from last week for cleaning services, advertising and media, and QLess program for the Health Department. 
  • Commissioners received an update on the extended CARES funding that was approved late yesterday through Congress. Though the extended deadline to spend CARES funding is Dec. 31, 2021, staff recommended to proceed with approved spending plan. Purchases now may be received after Dec. 30, 2020.


Additional Information

  • The Health Department will not take COVID-19 samples Thursday, Dec. 24 through Sunday, Dec. 27.
  • Residents may schedule a free COVID-19 test at There are several locations in Wichita. 
  • County offices will be closed on Friday, December 25. Emergency services will be available by dialing or texting 911.



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