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Wichita’s mask requirement has been extended only until Oct. 21 — though it could end sooner than that.

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Better hang on to those face masks: Sedgwick County says its mandatory mask order will continue through at least Oct. 21.

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TOPEKA — Kansas no longer has any counties free of reported coronavirus cases, with the last two, sparsely populated ones confirming their first as local schools were preparing to reopen.

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A mask mandate and other COVID safety precautions will continue in Sedgwick County for at least the next three weeks, and maybe longer.

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VALLEY CENTER, Kansas — On its face, band camp at Valley Center High School looks pretty normal: Lines of students with instruments march up and down a football field while the color guard practices throwing flags into the air.

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Wichita’s mask ordinance will be in effect for almost another month.

City Council members voted Tuesday to extend the ordinance requiring masks in public spaces until Sept. 8. It was supposed to expire Tuesday; the council also declared an emergency in order to pass the extension on first reading and prevent any gaps in the policy.

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Sedgwick County’s top health official has issued a mandatory face mask order, the latest effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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WICHITA, Kansas — A month ago, the University of Kansas Hospital had as few as nine of its beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. Now, it’s about twice that.

When the coronavirus-driven statewide shutdown began to go away in mid-May, clinicians in Kansas were confirming about 100 new infections a day. Now, that number has tripled.