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Sedgwick County health officer extends mask order until October 21

Sedgwick CountyWICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns has signed a new emergency public health order which took effect Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This order will remain in place until at least midnight, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This order will be effective once the current order expires. Minns will continue to review and monitor COVID-19 trends in the community and will consider lifting restrictions as trends move in a positive direction.

“I firmly believe that one main reason for the trends moving in the right direction is citizen compliance and wearing masks,” said Minns. “Thank you to residents for wearing a mask and to business owners for encouraging others to wear masks while in public.”


City of Wichita fights back against the Save Century II petition

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Almost three weeks after the City of Wichita was presented with a petition to “Save Century II,” the City has responded with legal action challenging the validity of the petition.

The Save Century II group delivered the petition with 17,000 signatures to Mayor Brandon Whipple on July 10.

Today, the City of Wichita filed a petition in the 18th Judicial District Court seeking declaratory judgment challenging the validity of the petition.

In a news release, the City says it supports the petition process and the right of citizens to express their opinion. But the City believes the petition is legally invalid and does not serve the citizens’ best interests.


These 15 Wichita ZIP codes have at least 100 cases of COVID-19. Five have 200-plus.

There are now 15 ZIP codes in Wichita with at least 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A map from the Sedgwick County Health Department breaks down coronavirus testing and positive COVID-19 cases by ZIP code. The online ZIP code map’s data is updated on Mondays. It can be accessed online at


20-year-old patient among nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Kansas over the weekend

The death of a 20-year-old patient with COVID-19 was one of nine new deaths from the coronavirus disease reported over the weekend in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s pandemic statistics showed 335 total deaths on Monday, which was an increase of nine from Friday’s report. The KDHE had previously reported the youngest patient to die was 29 years old. That changed on Monday with a 20-year-old listed.

The oldest patient die with COVID-19 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death was 99 years old. The median age is 78.


Wichita mayor wants city to bolster COVID response after county ‘gutted’ health order

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s exploring ways to strengthen the city’s coronavirus response after the Sedgwick County Commission “gutted” an order by its public health officer aimed at closing bars and nightclubs.

The County Commission’s amendments to the order do close some nightclubs and bikini bars, but the vast majority of Wichita’s most popular bars are exempt from the order and allowed to stay open.

Whipple said he wants the city to tighten restrictions on those businesses before the coronavirus outbreak gets completely out of control.


Sedgwick County health officer to order bars to close and limit gatherings to 15

Sedgwick CountySedgwick County’s health officer said he will be issuing an order today shutting down bars again and taking other steps to control a recent spike in COVID-19 infections.

In a report at Tuesday’s county staff meeting, Dr. Garold Minns told county commissioners the order will include some of the restrictions in place during the stay-at-home order that was lifted in May and some new ideas.

The order will include:

Restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to close at 10 p.m.

All fairs, parades and festivals will be canceled.

Public gatherings will be limited to 15 people or less.


White House report calls for stricter coronavirus measures in Sedgwick County

The Sedgwick County Commission has no immediate plans to follow a White House task force report that lays out additional measures county officials should take to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A White House Coronavirus Task Force report released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity places Sedgwick County in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases and says county officials should use more restrictive public health mandates to protect against the virus.

The White House report calls for Sedgwick County officials to close bars, nightclubs and gyms, issue orders limiting gatherings to 10 people, increase outdoor dining opportunities and cut indoor occupancy rates in restaurants to 25%.


Coronavirus updates: Sedgwick County trending up in active cases, percent positive

The number of active coronavirus cases — and the percentage of positive cases — continue to rise in Sedgwick County.

On Saturday, the Sedgwick County Health Department reported an additional 80 cases, bringing the total to 2,553.

Sedgwick County’s dashboard also showed active cases increased by 53 to hit a record high Friday with 1,478. Active cases are cases minus recoveries and deaths. For the most part, that number had increased slowly from the end of May until around June 21, when it started to climb steeply.