Sumner County confirms COVID-19 case; stay-at-home order issued

On Thursday morning, March 26, the Sumner County Health Department announced the first positive test of a COVID-19 case in the county.

County officials received that news last Wednesday night.

The patient is a man in his 60s who lives in the northeastern part of the county. He is hospitalized in Sedgwick County.

Sumner County health officials are now in the process of locating contacts of the patient.

On the heels of that news, Sumner County Health Officer Laura Rettig has issued a stay-at-home order for Sumner County that goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 27. The order is in effect until April 27. County officials will be putting out an FAQ document soon.

The stay-at-home order follows Sedgwick County’s decision on Tuesday to issued an order. It went into effect on Wednesday. In addition, the entire state of Kansas is limited to public gatherings of no more than 10 people, per an executive order from Gov. Laura Kelly.

Officials remind citizens to continue practicing social distancing; avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

If you have questions, contact the Sumner County Health Department by phone at 316-326-2774.

Here is the Sumner County emergency order of local health officer: