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For Immediate Release
March 24, 2021
CONTACT
Kate Flavin

316-660-9370

This Week in Sedgwick County - March 24, 2021

Board of County Commissioners

  • Board appointments: Dr. Jody Fiorini to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board; Tony Martinez, Christyna Neal, Tom Jones, and others to Solid Waste Management Committee; Commissioners were appointed to various boards and committees.
  • Commissioners approved an agreement with the City of Wichita Housing First Program.
    • There was also a staffing table change to add a position to the COMCARE’s staffing table for the program.
  • The Low Temperature Winter Weather Disaster Declaration was terminated.
    • The declaration was signed in February due to extreme cold weather.
    • For residents who need utility bill assistance, please visit ks.gov for programs.
  • There was an update on the CARES Act and COVID-19 spending.
    • So far, Sedgwick County has spent $102.65 million for COVID-19 relief.
    • Sedgwick County has spent $84.6 million in CARES funding.
    • There is $15 million remaining to be paid to cities, public health, and social service agencies.
    • Commissioners reviewed an initial understanding of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
  • A COVID-19 order was discussed.
    • Commissioners voted to rescind the current local health order effective immediately.
    • Commissioners adopted a resolution that strongly recommends for individuals a continuation of healthy behaviors – being vaccinated when eligible, wearing a mask, and social distancing – to be effective immediately and for the next 90 days.
      • Businesses and organizations are strongly recommended to require customers, employees, and others to wear face masks while in indoor public spaces and to have them also maintain six feet of space between others.
    • Communication from the Sedgwick County Commission and leadership will be sent to the State requesting to move into Phase 5 of the vaccine schedule. Commissioners will take a vote regarding moving into Phase 5 on Friday, March 26.

 

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View the meeting here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS67_8YlGfc
For questions, contact Public Information Officer Kate Flavin at (316) 660-9370.