County Health Officer speaks to Sedgwick County Commission

Rodney Price
June 17, 2020 - 1:12 pm
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Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns spoke to the County Commission Wednesday about the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

While Dr. Minns is concerned about trends in the last week, he reports just 17 active hospitalizations due to the virus, and says the situation is currently under control. He adds it's unlikely a coronavirus vaccine will be available by January 1.

“For the next seven months, even in the optimistic situation, we have limited tools in our toolbox, to keep this disease at bay,” he said.

Minns added that some of the tools we do have include screening, isolating persons who have tested positive, and contact tracing. He also stressed maintaining 6 feet of social distancing, avoiding public gatherings, and wearing masks.

The doctor and commission also spoke about COVID-19 testing, the differences between testing for current positive cases and the availability of antibody tests to see who has had the disease previously. Dr. Minns said he could not recommend any specific test, thanks to accuracy concerns. Dr. Minns added that scientists haven't made any conclusions about whether having antibodies will prevent someone from contracting the disease again in the future.

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