COVID-19 Timeline of Events
Updated 01/13/2023, 4:00 p.m.
- Dec. 20 - Sedgwick County Health Department receives its first shipment of Pfizer/BioNTech’s updated vaccine for children ages 6 months to 4 years and begin administering shots to those who are eligible.
- Dec. 15 – The Federal Government resumes the program which provides free at-home COVID-19 testing kits to U.S. household. Each household is now eligible to receive four additional tests. Additionally, five free at-home COVID-19 testing kits can be requested through Project ACT in certain Kansas zip codes.
- Dec. 12 – KDHE endorses the emergency use authorization of the updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna for use in children ages 6 months to 4 or 5 years old, respectively.
- Dec. 9 - The CDC endorses the emergency use authorization of the updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna for use in children ages 6 months to 4 or 5 years old, respectively.
- Dec. 8 - The FDA grants emergency use authorization for the updated COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech for use in children ages 6 months to 4 years old, and Moderna for children 6 months to 5 years old. The CDC and KDHE must still endorse the updated vaccine for use in this age group.
- Nov. 2 - Sedgwick County Health Department begins accepting appointments for anyone 5 years of age and older to receive the updated Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster. The updated boosters are also available at mobile vaccine clinics.
- Oct. 19 - The FDA provide emergency use authorization for the Novavax monovalent COVID-19 vaccine to be used as a booster in individuals 18 and older if they cannot or will not receive an mRNA booster. CDC endorses the authorization.
- Oct. 12 - The FDA provides emergency use authorization for the updated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer/BioNTech for children ages 5-11 years old and Moderna for children and adolescents ages 6-17. The CDC and KDHE issue endorsements. With the authorization of the updated boosters, the use of existing boosters is no longer authorized.
- Sept. 13 - Sedgwick County Health Department receive first shipment of Pfizer’s reformulated (bivalent) COVID-19 booster and begin administering shots to those who are eligible.
- Sept. 2 - The U.S. Government suspends the program that provided up to 16 free at-home COVID-19 testing kits to each household. Health insurance reimbursement for at-home tests continues.
- Sept. 1 - The CDC endorse the FDA’s emergency use authorizations for the reformulated COVID-19 boosters manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+).
- Aug. 31 - The FDA provides emergency use authorizations for the reformulated COVID-19 boosters from Pfizer/BioNTech (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+). With this authorization, the use of existing boosters is limited to children ages 5-11 until the reformulated boosters are available. The CDC and KDHE must still approve the boosters.
- Aug. 23 - KDHE approve the use the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Novavax for use in adolescents ages 12 to 17 following FDA and CDC clearance. The vaccine is administered in a two-dose primary series, with 3-8 weeks in between doses.
- Aug. 11 - CDC revises COVID-19 exposure and isolation guidelines for the general public and schools. At-home quarantines are no longer recommended following exposure to someone with COVID-19, and the criteria for exposure are now based on a set of six risk factors. Wearing a high-quality mask for 10 days following exposure, and testing are now suggested. KDHE and SCHD adopt these guidelines.
- July 20 - KDHE endorse the federal regulatory approvals of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Novavax. The vaccine becomes the fourth COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use in the U.S. and is authorized for use as a primary series of two doses in adults aged 18 and older.
- July 9 - The FDA issues a full approval of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine (COMIRNATY) for immunization in adolescents 12 through 15 years of age.
- June 27 - The CDC approves the use of the Moderna vaccine (Spikevax) in children 6 through 17 years of age.
- June 21 - Following federal approval, the KDHE endorses the use of a Pfizer vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years, and the use of a Moderna vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years. SCHD begins providing the Pfizer vaccine to children under 5 who are uninsured, or who have CHIP or Medicaid/KanCare at its 2716 W. Central Clinic.
- June 12 - The CDC no longer requires air passengers from a foreign country travelling to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or proof of recovery from infection prior to boarding their flight. Passengers flying from the United States to a foreign county may require testing based on the requirements of that country.
- June 7 - The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted to recommend that regulators authorize a COVID-19 vaccine made by Novavax. The Novavax vaccine will require additional approvals from the FDA before being made available for use –including signing off on its manufacturing processes – as well as CDC approval.
- May 20 - SCHD begins providing booster doses for children aged 5-11.
- May 17 - The White House announces that every U.S. household is eligible for an additional eight COVID-19 rapid testing kits, bringing the total number per household to 16.
- May 5 - The FDA limits the authorized use of the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen (J&J) due to concerns of rare cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS). Its use is limited to individuals aged 18 and older when mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer or Moderna, are clinically inappropriate, if it is the only vaccine accessible, if that individual would otherwise choose not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, or if they had a severe allergic reaction to an mRNA vaccine.
- May 2 - No-cost sampling and testing for uninsured individuals begins at the SCHD Clinic at 2716 W. Central.
- Apr. 30 - Last day of operation for the Community Vaccine Clinic at 223 S. Main. Mobile vaccine clinics will continue.
- Apr. 28 - Last day of operation for the Testing Site at 4115 E. Harry.
- Apr. 1 - Last day the SCHD COVID-19 Dashboard was updated. Two COVID-19 StoryMaps with case and vaccine data continue to be updated weekly.
- Mar. 30 - SCHD begins offering second booster doses to people over 50 and people who are immunocompromised.
- Feb. 11 - Temporary Drive-Through Testing Site at 777 E. Waterman ceases operation
- Feb. 7 - Community Vaccine Clinic at 223 S. Main reduces hours of operation to Mon., Wed, and Fri. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Site will be closed on Sun., Tues., and Thurs.
- Jan. 31 - FDA fully approves Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years and older, vaccine branded as Spikevax.
- Jan. 23 - 4115 E. Harry Testing Site Begins Sunday Hours of Operation
- Jan. 22 - SCHD (with National Guard Assistance) opens temporary Drive-Thru Sampling Site at Wichita Transit, 777 E. Waterman
- Jan. 6 - CDC/KDHE Expand Pfizer Booster Availability; Authorize Third Shots for Kids 5-11; SCHD now following recommendations.
- Dec. 30 - KDHE updated quarantine and isolation guidance for health-care workers in hospital settings and for the general public; SCHD reviewed and adopted KDHE’s guidance.
- Dec. 10 - Pfizer booster doses now available for ages 16 and older
- Dec. 1 - Vaccine Site Returns to Walk-In, No Appointments Needed
- Nov. 17 - Booster shots become available to all fully vaccinated adults.
- Nov. 4 - County begins offering Pfizer pediatric dose for children 5-11 years-of-age
- Oct. 23 - Johnson & Johnson, Moderna COVID-19 Booster Vaccines are offered at vaccine site
- Oct. 4 - County relocates COVID-19 Testing Site to 4115 E. Harry. Hours remain the same.
- Sept. 29 - Vaccine Clinic hours changed to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday
- Sept. 29 - Booster doses of Pfizer vaccine offered to those who meet established criteria.
- Aug. 23 - FDA fully approves Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years and older, vaccine branded as Comirnaty.
- Aug. 20 - Minns proposes Mask Order
- Order Fails, but BoCC votes to recommend masks.
- Aug. 16 - Third dose available to those with moderately and weakened immune systems.
- Aug. 13 - Sampling/Testing Hours Extended
- Mon., Tue., Thurs., and Fri. - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wed. - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- July 5 - SCHD Main Vaccine Site at 223 S. Main changes days of operation to Wed-Sat
- July 5 - SCHD Main Vaccine Site at 223 S. Main changes to walk-in only, no appointments needed.
- June 24 - SCHD closes drive-thru vaccination site at 777 E. Waterman
- June 5 - Vaccinations available during Riverfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- June 4 - Vaccinations available during Riverfest from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- May 19 - BoCC votes to amend the current resolution and strongly recommended individuals get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are eligible, consistent with CDC recommendations.
- Resolution also encouraged businesses and organizations to determine, in their best judgment, whether to require individuals to wear masks or other face coverings and/or to social distance from one another.
- May 13 - Sedgwick County begins vaccinating ages 12–15-year-olds with Pfizer vaccine.
- May 7 - County expands COVID-19 testing hours at Sedgwick County Park (Sunflower Shelter)
- May 6 - County cancels Manager Weekly COVID-19 Briefings
- May 5 - County reduces Vaccine Clinic hours at 223 S. Main
- April 30 - CARES Act Grant provides relief to 75 public health and social services entities.
- April 26 - Sedgwick County resumes Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution
- April 13 - Sedgwick County pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine distribution
- April 7 - SCHD begins offering mobile and partner vaccine clinics.
- March 26 - Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to residents aged 16+
- March 25 - Masks still required in public spaces per Governor's orders
- March 24 - LHO revoked - masks and social distancing strongly suggested, but not required
- March 22- Additional vaccine clinic at K-State Research & Extension Center through March 27
- March 18 - Sedgwick County Opens up vaccine appointments to all residents in phases 3-4
- March 15 - LHO opens up community; masks and social distancing still required
- March 11- Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to all residents in phase 2
- March 10 - Additional vaccine site at Central Community Church through March 13th
- March 9 - Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to critical workers in phase 2A
- Feb. 26 - Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to residents 65+
- Feb. 26 - New LHO - masks required, 6 feet of social distancing, no mass gatherings of 150+, etc.
- Feb. 18 - SC relocated vaccine site to former library, 223 S. Main
- Feb. 12 - 2nd case of U.K. COVID-19 variant (B.7.1.7) reported in Kansas
- Feb. 12 - Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to residents 70+
- Feb. 8 - Sedgwick County opens up vaccine appointments to residents 75+
- Feb. 3 - Commissioners further ease local health order restrictions
- Feb. 2 - Commissioners ease local health order restrictions
- Jan. 28 - Sedgwick County opens vaccine appointments to residents 80+
- Jan. 21 - Sedgwick County opens vaccine appointments to residents 83+
- Jan. 20 - Sedgwick County opens vaccine appointments to residents 90+
- Dec. 28 - Health care associated workers (HCAW) begin scheduling appointments for first dose of vaccine at Intrust Bank Arena
- Dec. 22 - Sedgwick County receives first allocation of vaccine
- Dec. 17 - Moderna COVID-19 vaccine approved for EUA
- Dec. 17 - Sedgwick County Extension Center becomes permanent SC sampling site
- Dec. 16 - Drive-Through Sampling Site (DTSS) at old Armory on Edgemoor Closes
- Dec. 14 - Health workers receive Kansas' first coronavirus vaccines
- Dec. 14 - Queens, New York, nurse receives first COVID vaccine in US
- Dec. 11- Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine approved for EUA
- Dec. 10 - Pilot COVID-19 testing begins at Sedgwick County Extension Center
- Dec. 8 – BoCC amends local health orders clarifying youth sports provisions, allows event venues to operate at reduced occupancy
- Dec. 7 – SC Adopts revised quarantine guidelines based on CDC and KDHE recommendations
- Nov. 27 – Enforcement of local heath order goes into effect via fines for non-compliance
- Nov. 24 – New local health order limits mass gatherings to 25 people or less
- Nov. 14 – S.C. Health Officer signs new health order allowing restaurants/bars/nightclubs to open at 5 a.m. unless State or Local Law prohibits
- Nov. 11 – BoCC votes to adopt enforcement mechanisms for Local Health Orders
- Nov. 11 – S.C. Health Officer issues more restrictive orders capping mass gatherings at 100 People or 50% of the fire code capacity, bars/restaurants must close at 11 p.m.
- Nov. 2 – County reopens testing to all residents regardless of symptoms
- Oct. 22 – BoCC vote to extend a curfew of 1 a.m. for bars/nightclubs, include face mask exemptions for kindergarten classes
- Oct. 17 – DTSS Offers One-Day Testing for Residents Without Symptoms
- Sept. 18 – SCHD Begins Taking Saliva Swabs in Addition to Nasopharyngeal (NP) Swabs at DTTS
- Sept. 17 – Local Health Orders Changed to Reflect a Curfew Extension of Midnight for Bars/Nightclubs
- Sept. 14 – SC Health Order Changed to Reflect Orders are Mandatory vs. Voluntary
- Sept. 14 – Expanded Testing Hours at DTSS; Pilot Saliva Testing Begins
- Sept. 3- Town Hall with Local Physicians
- Sept. 3 – SC Health Officer Signs New Order Requiring Face Masks in Public; Face Masks with Valves/Vents Are Excluded (Phase 2 of Ad Astra Plan)
- Aug. 28- COVID Testing Expanded to Include In-Person Staff in Classrooms, School Bus Drivers
- Aug. 18 – Online COVID-19 Dashboard Removes Recoveries from Table
- Aug. 18 – Local Health Officer Extends Orders to Limit Capacity of Bars/Restaurants, Mass Gatherings of 15 or Less, Face Masks Required
- Aug. 13 – BoCC Votes to Move Forward with Saliva Testing
- July 24 – Commission affirms Local Health Order, enacts curfew on certain businesses
- July 22 – SC Health Officer signs order limiting gatherings of 15+ and closes bars and nightclubs; Commission amends order
- July 9 -SC Health Officer signs revised emergency Public Health Order exempting religious institutions from 45+ gathering limit
- July 8 – SC Health Officer signs emergency Public Health Order requiring masks
- July 3 – COW votes to uphold Governor Kelly’s Executive Order requiring masks in COW
- July 3 – Governor Laura Kelly signs Executive Order requiring masks in public places in Kansas
- July 2 – BoCC Commissioners Vote to recommend masks in public spaces in SC
- June 30 – SCHD random sample study ends
- June 23 – Governor Kelly recommends staying in phase 3 of Ad Astra Plan
- June 20 – Governor Kelly modifies phase 2 of Ad Astra Plan
- June 18 – SCHD random sample study begins
- June 16 - DTSS begins at new site
- June 15 - DTSS moves to 620 North Edgemoor, Wichita, KS
- June 8 - Ad Astra phase 3 of State of Kansas Reopening Plan
- June 6 – SC Health Officer recommends remaining in phase 2 of Ad Astra Plan
- June 4 - Criteria expanded to all County residents, symptoms not required
- May 27 – SC BoCC recommends following Ad Astra Plan; SC Health Officer bans public gatherings of 20 or more
- May 22 - Ad Astra Phase 2 of State of Kansas Reopening Plan
- May 18 - Ad Astra Phase 1.5 of State of Kansas Reopening Plan
- May 4 – Ad Astra Phase 1 of State of Kansas Reopening Plan
- Apr. 20 - Criteria Is expanded to all close contacts and Healthcare Providers, symptoms not required
- Apr. 13 – First COVID specimen sent to Quest
- Mar. 30 – Kansas Stay-at-Home Order begins
- Mar. 25 – Sedgwick County Stay-at-Home Order begins
- Mar. 23 – SCHD Drive-Through Sampling (DTSS) begins
- Mar. 19 – First case reported in Sedgwick County
- Mar. 16 – SC Health Officer bans public gatherings in excess of 50 people
- Mar. 13 – SC Health Officer bans public gatherings in excess of 250 people; President Trump declares COVID-19 State of Emergency
- Mar. 11 – WHO classifies COVID-19 as a pandemic
- Mar. 7 – First case reported in Kansas
- Mar. 6 – SCHD sample collection for testing begins
- Feb. 27 – State laboratory testing begins
- Jan. 27 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declares COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency
- Jan. 18 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing begins