Mar 24, 2020 4:55 PM

Sedgwick and Dickinson Counties issue stay-at-home orders

Posted Mar 24, 2020 4:55 PM
Sedgwick County Commission chair Pete Meitzner spoke during Tuesday's announcement.
Sedgwick County Commission chair Pete Meitzner spoke during Tuesday's announcement.

DICKINSON COUNTY —In an effort to deal with COVID-19, a Stay-at-Home order has been issued for Dickinson County residents, effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, according to local Health Officer, Dr. Brian Holmes, and remains in effect until further notice.

On Tuesday morning, Sedgwick County joined other Kansas counties and issued a stay-at-home order for their 500,000-plus residents to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The emergency order is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and last 30-days.

Click here to read a draft of the order.

Click here to watch Tuesday's Sedgwick County Coronavirus briefing.

Sedgwick County commission chair Pete Meitzner said during a Tuesday coronavirus press conference that Dr. Garold Minns, the county's health director had signed the stay-at-home order. Commissioners voted 3-2 approving the draft order during an emergency meeting Monday.

There are 4 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sedgwick County, according to the KDHE.

On Monday, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that she will tighten restrictions on public gatherings and issue an executive order Tuesday to ban public gatherings of more than 10 people.

Kelly said she is not yet issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order as governors have done in some other states, including California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York, because 89 of Kansas' 105 counties had yet to see a confirmed coronavirus case as of Monday morning. But she warned that such an order could become “unavoidable in the coming days.”

Dr. Lee Norman, the state's health secretary, said Monday he expects Kansas to have between 300 and 400 confirmed cases by the end of March.

The Sedgwick County coronavirus hotline  (316) 660-9000 or go to [email protected] 

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