Commission does not act on public health order

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Sedgwick County Commissioners did not take any action on a proposed health order from the county’s local health officer.The order from Dr. Garold Minns was proposed as states across the country are seeing COVID-19 cases rising at rates that match or exceed previous pandemic highs. Numerous hospitals are seeing their intensive care units at capacity, forcing hospitals to transfer new ICU patients to out-of-town or out-of-state hospitals.County commissioners did not adopt the order on a partisan 3-2 vote. Republicans David Dennis, Pete Meitzner and Jim Howell voted no, while Democrats Sarah Lopez and Lacey Cruse support the measure. Dennis represents District 3, which includes Goddard, Cheney and Garden Plain. Lopez represents District 2, which includes Haysville and Clearwater.The Kansas News Service reported that the Delta surge has not reached the same number of hospitalizations as last winter, but that cases and hospitalizations have surged over the past six weeks. Last week, the hospital in Abilene had to fly a patient 570 miles to Wisconsin to find an ICU unit.Local health officials say intensive care units at both the Wesley Healthcare and Ascension Via Christi hospitals in Wichita are full.Kansas hospitals are starting to turn down requests to take in patients suffering strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and cancer. Officials say the Delta variant is bringing in younger and sicker patients – the majority of them unvaccinated.
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