Sedgwick County

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The attorney for Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell says a civil lawsuit filed against O’Donnell and two other elected officials is frivolous and won’t be successful in court.

Mark Schoenhofer contends in a court filing that Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple filed the lawsuit with the main objective of impacting the results of the Sedgwick County Commission 2nd District election.

O’Donnell, a Republican, is seeking a second term representing the 2nd District. His opponent is Democrat Sarah Lopez.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reached the highest levels of Sedgwick County government.

County Manager Tom Stolz and at least three other county employees are dealing with coronavirus infections. Several other employees are in quarantine as a precaution.

Stolz says he tested positive on Monday, Sept. 21, and immediately went into isolation at home. He says he was feeling good for most of last week, but by Friday was experiencing some of the common COVID-19 symptoms.

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Voter registrations are up in Sedgwick County, with six weeks to go until Election Day.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says more than 312,000 people are registered to vote in the general election. That’s up about 8,000 since the August primary, and about 18,000 since 2016, the last presidential election.

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Sedgwick County plans to set up a “mega voting site” at Intrust Bank Arena for early voting in the November general election.

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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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Sedgwick County plans to offer a rapid response saliva test to detect COVID-19 beginning next week.

The test will be available at the county’s drive-thru testing location in east Wichita and at mobile outreach testing sites. The county will also continue to offer the nasopharyngeal swab sampling it has conducted since March.

Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman says a few other sites like nursing homes will also have the saliva test available in the first phase of the rollout. The plan is to gradually provide the test to health clinics that do COVID-19 sampling.

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A panel of Sedgwick County leaders dismissed an effort to remove a Democratic candidate from a Sedgwick County Commission race.

The panel of three officials ruled Monday that Sarah Lopez will remain on the ballot for the 2nd District county commission seat. She is running against Republican Michael O’Donnell, who is seeking a second term.

Former O’Donnell campaign worker John Whitmer, a Republican, filed an objection with the county election office last week questioning whether Lopez lived in the 2nd District.

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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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A team that responds to emergency calls involving mental health crisis situations in Sedgwick County now has the support to continue beyond a trial run.

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If you get tested for COVID-19 through the Sedgwick County Health Department, you can now find out your results on a website instead of waiting for a phone call or letter.

The county created a secure website for people to retrieve their results about five days after a test. The new service began Tuesday.

“It should really cut down on the amount of time it takes for people to get their information, particularly those folks that have negative results,” said Deputy County Manager Tim Kaufman.

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