2 new COVID-19 clusters reported in Sedgwick County

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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Sedgwick County reports two new COVID-19 clusters, bringing the county total to eight. The two recent reports concern a local business and a long-term care facility.
“There are fewer than five cases in the business and 13 in the long-term care facility,” said the county. “At this point, the Sedgwick County health department has investigated all confirmed cases and close contact, and believes that the clusters are contained and pose no risk to the general public. “
With that, the county did not name the company or the facility in Monday’s press release.
The county states: “The clusters are defined as two or more cases of COVID-19 not linked to households identified within a certain time and a certain place”.
With an increase in the swabs available, the Sedgwick County health department says it now has the capacity to take samples from all residents and staff in long-term care facilities if there is only one confirmed case of COVID-19. The county says residents of the new group of long-term care facilities are being tested by the facility.

“As with all reportable diseases, Sedgwick County is investigating reports of COVID-19 in institutions. If a case is identified in a long-term care facility, Sedgwick County recommends that the facility isolate all symptomatic people from other residents, “said the county. . “Residents and staff are tested, either by the Department of Health or through the facility. The facility monitors all residents and staff for symptoms. The establishment should not allow visitors and should cancel all group activities, although most establishments have already done both due to the pandemic. Sedgwick County works with the facility to ensure that all close contacts are identified and properly quarantined or isolated. “
A graph showing clusters by entity type is available on the Sedgwick County website. COVID-19 data dashboard.



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