WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Sedgwick County officials along with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) have confirmed the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 Thursday in a Sedgwick County resident. The patient is currently in home isolation, following the guidance of the CDC.
In a press conference held by Sedgwick County Thursday evening, Adrienne Byrne, Sedgwick County Health Director, said a woman over 60 is now isolated in her home after being tested positive for COVID-19.
Her symptoms prior to testing included shortness of breath, fever, and coughing.
Sedgwick County Health Department has already contacted those who were around the woman, and they have been placed under quarantine as they continue to be monitored until test their results come back.
The woman’s physician is monitoring her symptoms as she continues to remain isolated in her home.
Pete Meitzner, Chairman for Sedgwick County Commission, says they knew a positive case would eventually come to the area.
“We are a large city 49th, 50th largest city in the country. We’ve been a blessing that it’s not happened earlier. Most of the other cities have it. We now have it, might and probably will have another,” he said.
As for testing for the virus, Byrnes says there is a backorder across the country. She says they are available locally.
“How many people can we test from the hospitals? I don’t know how much supply they have but they are able to test as we are by appointment.”