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Sedgwick County confirms active community spread of COVID-19

Director of the Sedgwick County Health Department Adrienne Byrne confirms at a March 27 briefing that there is community spread of COVID-19 in the the county.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 27, 2020

In today’s daily COVID-19 briefing, Sedgwick County confirmed that it has active community spread.  The county has defined community spread as having five or more cases of COVID-19 not related to travel. “We are at that threshold now, now that over five of our cases were not related to travel so we are c...

Number of presumptive-positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas up by 28

Number of presumptive-positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas up by 28

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 26, 2020

UPDATE: Soon after publication, the state health department updated their numbers of COVID-19 cases in Kansas, which now sit at 168 - 42 new cases. 16 cases are in Sedgwick County. As of this morning, the number of presumptive-positive COVID-19 cases in Kansas jumped from 98 to 126.  The number of ...

Free resources for students during the COVID-19 pandemic

Adobe Creative Cloud is offering it's software for free.

Katie Smith, Reporter

March 26, 2020

U-Haul U-Haul President John “JT” Taylor recently announced that the company will offer 30-days of free self-storage to students in the United States and Canada in any of their U-Haul or U-Haul owned facilities. The offer applies to new customers with a valid college ID.  Typically, this offer...

Number of positive Sedgwick County COVID-19 cases jumps to 10

Number of positive Sedgwick County COVID-19 cases jumps to 10

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 25, 2020

As of this morning, the number of presumptive positive COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick County has gone from four to 10. The six new positive cases were announced yesterday. Cases five, six and seven are all males, two over the age of 60 and one under. Only one does not have a history of travel outside t...

Sedgwick County health director signs stay-at-home order

Chairman Pete Meitzner announces during a March 24 briefing that the county health director has signed a stay-at-home order.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 24, 2020

This is a developing story; check back for details. Sedgwick County Health Director Garold Minns has signed the stay-at-home order recommended to him last night by the county commission.  The stay-at-home order mandates that all community members stay at home except to engage in essential activities.  ...

County commission recommends county health director issue stay-at-home order

The Sedgwick County Commission discusses a stay at home order at a special meeting on March 23, 2020. The recommendation for the order was passed and sent to the county health director for consideration.

Kylie Cameron and Lindsay Smith

March 23, 2020

The Sedgwick County Commission has passed a recommendation for a stay-at-home order, which would go into effect on Wednesday. The board does not have the authority to authorize this order on its own. County Health Director Garold Minns would have to sign the order for it to go into effect. Minns...

Kansas Governor announces new gathering limit, puts statewide stay at home order on hold

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks at a media briefing on March 23 announcing the public gathering limit would decrease from 50 to 10.

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 23, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly issued a new executive order today trimming the 50-person gathering limit down to a 10-person limit as a response to the quickly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.  Kelly also gave an update on the possibility of a statewide stay at home order being issued.  Currently, 89 of Kansa...

Student employees to be paid for at least one month, non-student until end of FY2020

The Rhatigan Student Center on March 23, 2020.

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

March 23, 2020

Student employees who can not work remotely or on campus will continue to be paid for the next two pay periods, a university release said. That pay period will end on April 19. After that date, student employees with "no available work" will not be paid. "We understand that not every question has...

U.S. moves to No. 3 in global COVID-19 cases

U.S. moves to No. 3 in global COVID-19 cases

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 22, 2020

The United States now has the third-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases out of 177 countries and territories as of Sunday morning. The U.S. surpassed Spain overnight Saturday in confirmed cases. As of Friday, the U.S. was number five. The rapidity of this jump underlines the urgency of our s...

Numbers soar globally as COVID-19 spreads

Students participate in a parade of flags at the Taste of Africa event, sponsored by the African Student Association, in November. Confirmed COVID-19 cases hit 1,000 on the continent over the weekend. Only 11 African nations have zero cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday afternoon.

Audrey Korte, Reporter

March 22, 2020

A global pandemic isn't something most people thought they would see in their lifetime, but the world won't soon forget the 2020 novel coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 moves across borders, respecting no authority or human-made boundary.  America has taken a hit that's surprised many overseas who belie...

BREAKING: Second presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 identified in Sedgwick County resident

BREAKING: Second presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 identified in Sedgwick County resident

Kylie Cameron, Editor in Chief

March 21, 2020

A second presumptive-positive case of COVID-19 was identified in a Sedgwick County resident, according to a release from the county health department. The patient is a man under the age of 60 and has history of travel to Colorado, where COVID-19 cases have been higher than average compared to other areas of the country. He is currently under home isolation and was tested at his medical providers. The only known close contact was a household member who will be monitored for symptoms. The Kansas Health Department announced earlier today that there are 55 cases in the state. The first c...

KDHE issues new COVID-19 travel mandates

KDHE issues new COVID-19 travel mandates

Lindsay Smith, Reporter

March 20, 2020

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a new mandate Wednesday regarding travel-related quarantines. The new policy states that Kansans who traveled to places “with known widespread transmission” on or after March 15 must go into a 14-day quarantine following their return home....