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For Immediate Release
October 28, 2020
Kate Flavin


This Week in Sedgwick County - October 28

Board of County Commissioners

  • There was a discussion of the CARES Act.
    • Time is running out for public health and social services organizations to apply for CARES funding. The portal for non-profits to apply for funding is available for other, health or social services organizations.
    • Commissioners approved two agreements with Wichita State University related to its molecular diagnostics lab.
    • Eight different public health and social services agencies were awarded a total of $324,000.
    • More than $1 million in safe operating grants have been distributed to 238 applicants.
    • The safe operating grant portal will be reopened until funds are exhausted or until November 30, 2020.
    • In total, Sedgwick County has spent roughly $40 million related to COVID-19.
      • So far, the County has spent $34.5 million from the CARES Act. More than half of the $12 million increase is related to COMCARE for staff to provide services to residents. Additional funds are for Plexiglas installation in courtrooms and support to allow INTRUST Bank Arena to safely reopen for events.  
    • Commissioners approved $100,000 to continue the County’s public service announcement campaign focusing on healthy behaviors, CARES funding, and safe holiday planning.


  • An off-agenda item related to the Board of County Commissioners was discussed.  
    • Commissioners adopted a Resolution to censure Commissioner Michael O’Donnell, II and request that he resign from his position as County Commissioner.



General Election

  • The General Election is Tuesday, November 3. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voters who choose to vote in person. Visit for more information about the 2020 General Election.




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