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Sedgwick County nearing 50 cases of the coronavirus

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says Sedgwick County has 49 positive cases of COVID-19 while Sedgwick County officials are reporting 48.

There has been one death associated with the coronavirus in Sedgwick County. A man who was diagnosed and hospitalized with it last week has died. He was over the age of 60 and had underlying health conditions.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Pete Meitzner says area hospitals are preparing for a surge of coronavirus patients that could happen between April 17 and May 9. He said they are in great preparation to try to handle that.

He is asking residents to stay in and to avoid others when possible. He also suggested when families need something from the store, only one should go into the store.

Now that Governor Laura Kelly’s stay-at-home order is in place, it replaces the Sedgwick County stay-at-home order. Meitzner said the governor’s order is similar to the county’s order, but the county’s legal counsel is reviewing the state order to see if there are any changes.

Meitzner says residents who have questions about the state’s stay-at-home order should call (866) 534-3463 or email KEFF@ks.gov.

The county says that as more testing supplies become available, it is planning to hold a drive-thru testing event. Once plans are in place, the county will share details of it.

Residents who have questions about the coronavirus or who think they may have it should call the United Way at 211. An operator will screen the caller to determine the next steps.

Sedgwick County still needs:

  • Protective face masks: N-95 or surgical masks
  • Nonlatex medical gloves
  • Hand sanitizers and surface cleaners
  • Non-permeable/fluid-resistant gowns
  • Nasopharyngeal specimen collection – swab and viral transport medium

If you can donate any or manufacture of these supplies, contact Sedgwick County Emergency Management at (316) 660-5959.

Monday’s briefing was Sedgwick County’s last scheduled live briefing on the coronavirus. Instead of live briefings, the County will post updates to its website daily at 1 p.m. The website includes tables about the age and travel of the residents who have COVID-19.

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