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For Immediate Release
November 5, 2020
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County - November 5

Board of County Commissioners

  • Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer, Dr. Minns discussed the COVID-19 metrics.
    • Today’s percent positive rate of cases was 19.5 percent – the highest since the pandemic started.
    • The increase may be related to various activities such as in-person classes, gatherings and weddings where attendees are not wearing masks, and businesses not enforcing compliance.
    • Both Dr. Sam Antonios, Ascension Via Christ, and Dr. Lowell Ebersole, Wesley Medical Center, agree staffing is an issue and are working to find a balance staffing requirements for health and safety.  
    • All three doctors encourage more public education about the importance of healthy behaviors: washing hands often, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
  • There was a discussion of the CARES Act.
    • Commissioners approved $1.7 million for public health and social service non-profits including $1.68 million for Ascension Via Christi for travelling nurses to support staffing needs.
    • More than $2 million in safe operating grants have been sent into the community.
    • Commissioners approved two purchases for INTRUST Bank Arena.
      • $111,000 for a mobile ordering system for concession stand and $146,000 for bipolar ionization kits to clean air inside the Arena.
    • In total, Sedgwick County has spent roughly $42.7 million related to COVID-19.
      • So far, the County has spent $36 million from the CARES Act; this is $1.3 million more than last week. Expenses included personnel costs, lab costs, and cleaning services.
  • Commissioner reviewed issues related the County’s legislative platform.
    • Priorities related to mental and behavioral health, nuisance abatement, and a charter commission for Sedgwick County’s charter commission.



Upcoming Events

  • Sedgwick County will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.




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