Sedgwick County

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After two months at Intrust Bank Arena, Sedgwick County is relocating one of its COVID-19 vaccine clinics to the former central library in downtown Wichita.

Sedgwick County: Undocumented Immigrants Should Get Vaccinated; Won't Face Legal Consequences

Feb 15, 2021
Matt Stamey for the Wichita Journalism Collaborative

Sedgwick County officials are advising undocumented immigrants that they can receive the COVID-19 vaccine without exposing themselves or their families to legal vulnerability from immigration enforcement or from civil or criminal prosecution.

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Sedgwick County is lining up more staff and volunteers for its COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

CRAIG KOHLRUSS

After a bumpy early rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, Sedgwick County says it expects to begin receiving regular shipments.

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Sedgwick County held an oath of office ceremony on Sunday for two commissioners who are beginning their new terms.  

Commissioner David Dennis is serving a second term representing the 3rd District. Sarah Lopez begins a new career in public service representing the 2nd District.

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A mandatory face mask policy and restrictions on restaurants and bars in Sedgwick County will continue for at least another month.

Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns issued a new health order Wednesday that maintains policies that have been in place since early November.

Sedgwick County Health Department workers set up a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Intrust Bank Arena.
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For starters, the COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for Ness County in west-central Kansas landed somewhere else.

“That was my first clue we had a problem,” said Carolyn Gabel, the county’s public health administrator.

Then someone from Dodge City called. Those vials bound for Ness City? They hadn’t been kept as cold as needed. They were no good anymore and needed replacing.

Fernando Salazar

The 2020 general election set records in Sedgwick County for early voting and the overall number of ballots cast.

A post-election report presented to Sedgwick County commissioners this month shows for the first time, more voters cast ballots during the early voting period than on Election Day.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says 70% of registered voters participated in November’s election, and 68% of those voters used mail-in ballots or in-person early voting.

Sedgwick County 2020 General Election by the numbers:

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A new COVID-19 health order for Sedgwick County limits public gatherings to 25 people and continues current restrictions for businesses.

The mandates are in effect Friday through Jan. 9. This latest health order from Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns replaces directives that were in effect since Nov. 13.

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The city of Wichita said it will work with Sedgwick County to enforce the county’s new public health order.

The order passed last week tightens restrictions on certain businesses and mass gatherings, and it requires masks in most public spaces. It also lays out possible penalties for violations, the first time the county has adopted enforcement measures.

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