Sedgwick County Commissioners discuss proclamation aimed at allowing visitors at long-term care facilities

Rodney Price
September 23, 2020 - 12:53 pm
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The Sedgwick County Commission deferred a vote on a proclamation that would ask long-term care facilities and hospitals to review their visitation policies.

Commissioner Jim Howell acknowledged some facilities have recently started allowing visitors after closing their doors months ago due to the coronavirus. He says for those who haven't amended their policies, something has to change.

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"The loneliness, and the depression has a real toll on their health. And we say we care about people, this is a very important topic. We talk about the quantity of life but we should be talking about the quality of life as well,” he said.

The commission will take up the proclamation again on October 7 at the next board meeting. This will allow the commission and county staff time to make changes.

Also next month, the county will be distributing PPE kits for area businesses. The signup takes place on the county's web portal until October 7. Ten thousand kits, which will include masks, wipes, bleach and other items, will be handed out between October 12 - 16.

Commissioners also approved more CARES Act spending, including $2.385 million for the first round of small business grants.

Finally, the board approved a renewal of a roughly $1.04 million grant for the Wichita Public Schools Mental Health Intervention Program for fiscal year 2021.

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