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June 2020

Governor orders Kansas residents to wear masks in public

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) said Monday she is ordering residents to wear masks in public in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. 

The move will not reimpose restrictions on which state businesses are open, but rather will mandate that all Kansans wear masks when in public both indoors and outdoors when a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. 

The order will go into effect Friday, just ahead of July 4, with its official text and details set to be released on Thursday.


Sedgwick County passes 1,000 cases of COVID-19 with record-breaking increase in cases

Sedgwick County has now passed 1,000 total cases of COVID-19 after record-breaking increases in new cases and active cases.

The Sedgwick County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed increases in several key indicators of the spread of coronavirus in the Wichita area.

The 43 new cases reported on Thursday broke the two-day-old record for most in one day. The county’s total is now 1,001 cases since the pandemic hit Kansas.

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Cause of Wednesday morning strip mall fire near downtown Wichita under investigation

The cause of an overnight fire at a strip mall located at Central and Cleveland is still under investigation, according to Wichita Fire Chief Tammy Snow.

The fire started before 2 a.m. Wednesday (June 24) morning and caused the roof of the building, which housed a motorcycle club, to collapse. Two of the building's four walls also collapsed in the fire, with one of them having already collapsed by the time crews arrived.


Coronavirus updates: Cases of COVID-19 increased 9% over two days in Sedgwick County

The Sedgwick County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday showed increases in some categories from Tuesday.

There were 21 new cases, 18 new recoveries and no new deaths. Active cases, which are equal to cases minus recoveries minus deaths, increased by three. There are now 313 active cases in the county. There have been 958 cases, 26 deaths and 619 recoveries.

County epidemiologists have determined that 10 of the new cases had close contact with another confirmed case. One patient was likely infected through community spread, one patient’s case is travel-related and nine cases are still under investigation.



More Wichita restaurants temporarily closing, limiting operations due to increase in COVID-19 cases

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) More Wichita restaurants are closing or limiting operations because of increased COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County. Announcements from Connie's Mexican Grill and Angelo's Italian Restaurant Tuesday followed reports Monday of Doo-Dah Diner and Meddys keeping dining rooms closed and Mort's Cigar Bar temporarily closing. 

Tuesday, the Sedgwick County Health Department reported the biggest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases with 41 new cases and one death. As of Tuesday, Segwick County reports 310 active cases, up 34 from Monday. It is worth noting that the county tested 770 people on Monday.


Sedgwick County sees biggest single-day jump in new cases of COVID-19, one more death

The number of new coronavirus cases reported on Tuesday broke the record for most in one day as local public health officials reported one more death.

The Sedgwick County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard showed a jump of 41 new cases on Tuesday, increasing the total to 937. The previous record for most new cases in a single day was 38 on April 27, according to the dashboard.

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Wichita area, there are more than 300 active cases of COVID-19 in the county. The number increased by 34 to 310.

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Sedgwick County has most COVID-19 patients hospitalized since pandemic hit Wichita area

Local public health officials report that last week ended with the most COVID-19 patients hospitalized of any week since the coronavirus pandemic hit the Wichita area.

The Sedgwick County Health Department’s COVID-19 dashboard for Sunday showed increases in several categories from Saturday’s report. There were 15 new cases, nine new recoveries and no new deaths. There were six new active cases.

There have been 882 total cases, 563 recoveries and 25 deaths in the county. There are 294 active cases.

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Summer of Discovery camps start soon

Send your child to one week of camp for FREE - extra scholarships are available for those who qualify!
(while funds last)
Summer of Discovery camps start soon on June 29 and we have good news! We have extra scholarships available this year for those who qualify!
Contact your Center of choice below for more info and to see if you qualify:
  • Edgemoor Recreation Center: (316) 688.9392
  • Linwood Recreation Center: (316) 337.9191
  • Orchard Recreation Center: (316) 337.9244
Weekly Camp Fee:
  • $115 (includes $20 weekly, non-refundable deposit)
  • DCF assistance is available, contact DCF directly at (316) 337-7000 to see if your family qualifies
Multi Child Discounts are available:
  • Child 2 - $10 off ($105 weekly fee, includes deposit)
  • Child 3 and subsequent children: - $20 off ($95 weekly fee, includes deposit)
Camps will run June 29 - July 31 (7a-6p).
Dates have been modified to allow us to implement policies and procedures to provide a safe environment for staff and program participants. 

Stroud's temporarily closes due to COVID-19 concerns

Stroud's Restaurant & Bar located at 3661 N Hillside Street in Wichita and noted for it's pan fried chicken, has temporarily closed.

From the Stroud's Facebook page:

June 19, 2020

Stroud’s Restaurant and Bar is temporarily closed due to the possibility that one of our employees was in contact with someone who tested positive for covid-19.

The safety of our guests and our employees is of the utmost importance to us. While none of our staff are symptomatic, in an abundance of caution, our entire staff are being tested.

We will reopen as timely as possible and appropriate and will let you know as soon as we are able to do so. Unfortunately, we will be unable to be open this weekend, including Father’s Day. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We look forward to serving you again very soon!

Updates will be posted as soon as they become available.