Sedgwick Co. COVID-19 update for Thursday

March 26, 2020 - 12:43 pm
Coronavirus daily update

Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County has released the latest figures related to the COVID-19 pandemic:

-- Number of confirmed cases in Kansas increased from 98 to 126
-- Number of confirmed deaths in Kansas: 3; Johnson and Wyandotte Counties (unchanged from Wednesday)
-- Number of confirmed cases in Sedgwick County increased from 10 to 13
-- Number of confirmed cases in periphery counties: Butler County: 3, Reno County: 2 (unchanged from Wednesday)

As of Wednesday, Sedgwick County had a total of 13 cases of COVID-19. So far this week, the Health Department has swabbed almost 40 individuals who met the criteria for testing. This is done by appointment only. Residents who think they need to be tested should call United Way of the Plains at 2-1-1.

Wednesday, 16 people were swabbed during a pre-scheduled appointment and 13 people have appointments Thursday. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) criteria for testing individuals has recently changed. Due to wide-scale shortages of laboratory supplies and reagents, testing for COVID-19 at the state lab is being prioritized for public health purposes and urgent need. KDHE is now prioritizing specimens for COVID-19 testing based upon those who meet KDHE criteria. Those include:

-- Healthcare workers and first responders who have COVID-19 symptoms
-- Potential clusters of unknown respiratory illness, with priority given to long-term care facilities and healthcare facilities
-- Hospitalized patients with no alternative diagnosis
-- Individuals over the age of 60 who have symptoms of COVID-19 with priority given to people who reside in a nursing home, long-term care facility, or other congregate setting, and
-- Individuals with underlying health conditions that would be treated differently if they were infected with COVID-19.

Specimens that were sent to KDHE prior to March 23 will still be tested.

We have seen an influx in donations since the request for materials went out. Thank you to our community for answering the call. Many organizations and individuals have reached out to offer support and supplies. Yesterday, WSU and Textron together, donated 1,500 N-95 masks for our local first responders. The Medical Society of Sedgwick County dropped off a large donation of items too.

If you are a business and would like to offer support/ donations to keep our public safety and healthcare workers safe, please contact Sedgwick County Emergency Management at (316) 660-5959. We are seeking:

-- Protective face masks: N-95 or surgical masks
-- Non-latex, medical gloves
-- Hand sanitizer
-- Surface cleaners
-- Non-permeable/fluid resistant gowns
-- Nasopharyngeal specimen collection – swab and viral transport medium

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