COVID-19 cases up by 113 in Wyandotte County and by 929 in Kansas on Friday

There were 2,449 total cumulative cases at 1 p.m. Friday, compared to 2,336 cases on Thursday. It was an increase of 113 new COVID-19 cases in Wyandotte County. Also, there was one new death. (UG COVID-19 webpage)
The seven-day rolling average of positive cases showed an increase recently in Wyandotte County. (From UG COVID-19 webpage)
This chart shows COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by county in the metro area. Wyandotte County has the highest rate at 1,490 per 100,000 persons. (From UG COVID-19 website)

An additional 113 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Friday in Wyandotte County, and 929 in Kansas, according to health officials. The increases were reported as a new mandatory mask order took effect Friday statewide.

There were 2,449 total cumulative cases at 1 p.m. Friday, compared to 2,336 cases on Thursday.

Eighty-four total cumulative deaths were reported on Friday in Wyandotte County, up one from Thursday, according to the website.

Kansas reported 15,919 cumulative total COVID-19 cases on Friday morning, an increase of 929 since July 1, two days ago, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s COVID-19 webpage.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced a mandatory mask order that took effect on Friday statewide. Counties may opt out of the mask order. Wyandotte County and Johnson County have implemented the mask order.

Wyandotte County residents are expected to follow the governor’s mask order to wear masks in public places, according to local officials. Under the order, businesses and organizations must require individuals entering their space to wear masks. Residents should also wear masks in other public areas, with some exemptions listed in the order.

Health officials urged residents to wear masks in public, wash their hands, physically distance at least 6 feet from those who are not in their households, and practice good hygiene.

The CDC stated on its website that the percentage of tests that were positive for COVID-19 increased from last week.

The percentage of positive tests nationally increased last week, driven by increases in seven regions, according to the CDC. The south central part of the country was greater than 15 percent of the positive tests this past week; the southeast and southwest areas were 10 percent to 15 percent; and the Midwest, central, New York and Pacific Northwest areas reported 4 to 6 percent.

Greater number of recent Wyandotte County cases were in Zip Code 66102

Zip Code 66102 had the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days, 179 cases, according to the UG’s COVID-19 website. Zip Code 66101 had 116 cases and Zip Code 66104 had 90 cases. (From UG COVID-19 website)

The UG’s COVID-19 webpage reported new case numbers in Wyandotte County by Zip Codes in the past 14 days: There were 179 cases in 66102; 116 cases in 66101; 90 cases in 66104; 61 cases in 66106; 55 cases in 66103; 45 cases in 66109; 35 cases in 66105; 29 cases in 66012; and 12 cases in 66112.

Upcoming pop-up test schedule

Pop-up tests are scheduled during July, according to the UG Health Department. The free pop-up tests are coordinated through the Wyandotte County Health Equity Task Force.

Tests include:

  • All Saints Parish, 811 Vermont Ave., KCK, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 7, 14, 21, and 28.
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 16 S. Iowa St., KCK, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 and July 23.
  • Quindaro Community Center, 2627 Brown Ave., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., July 16 and 23.
  • Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 9301 Parallel Parkway, KCK, July 20 and 27.
  • Zotung Christian Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, KCK, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 22 and 29.

Special tests for people experiencing homelessness are planned:

  • Cross-Lines, 736 Shawnee Ave., KCK, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. July 23 and 24.
  • Frank Williams Outreach Center, 1201 N. 7th St., KCK, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 23 and 24.

Free tests are also held on weekday afternoons at the Health Department’s parking lot at 6th and Ann. Details on these tests and other tests available in Wyandotte County are at visit https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19, or call 3-1-1.

The governor’s executive order on masks is at https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200702093130003.pdf.


The governor’s news release on the new mask order is at https://governor.kansas.gov/governor-laura-kelly-signs-executive-order-mandating-masks-in-public-spaces/.

The Wyandotte County mask order is at https://www.wycokck.org/WycoKCK/media/Health-Department/Documents/Communicable%20Disease/COVID19/06272020LocalHealthOfficerOrderRegardingMasks.pdf.

A news release on the Wyandotte County mask order is at https://www.wycokck.org/WycoKCK/media/Health-Department/Documents/Communicable%20Disease/COVID19/06272020PressReleaseLHORequiresPublicToWearMasks.pdf.

Wyandotte County now has posted an application for nonprofits, government agencies, school districts and businesses in Wyandotte County that want to apply for CARES Act funding. The web address is https://us.openforms.com/Form/6273fe80-8bba-4c18-b4e7-e551096d8a83.


For information on how to make an easy no-sew mask, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/how-to-make-a-no-sew-cloth-mask/.


For more information about COVID-19 testing, including other sites, visit https://wyandotte-county-covid-19-hub-unifiedgov.hub.arcgis.com/pages/what-to-do-if-you-think-you-have-covid-19. Residents also may call 3-1-1 for more information about testing.

The state’s COVID-19 test page is at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/280/COVID-19-Testing.

Residents may visit the UG COVID-19 website at https://alpha.wycokck.org/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Information or call 311 for more information.

Wyandotte County is currently under Phase 3. See covid.ks.gov.

The state plan’s frequently asked questions page is at https://covid.ks.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reopening-FAQ_5.19.2020_Final.pdf.

The CDC’s COVID-19 web page is at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

Guide offered for a safe Fourth of July weekend

As Kansans prepare for the Fourth of July weekend, KDHE has put together a guide to help you have a safe, healthy Independence Day.

“The COVID-19 virus is still very much in our communities and taking basic public health steps will help keep Kansans safe and Kansas open for business,” Gov. Laura Kelly said.

The guidance below comes from Gov. Laura Kelly’s Ad Astra Reopening Plan and reflects the state’s current recommendation to counties to remain in Phase 3 of the plan. Local units of government have full discretion to impose additional or less stringent requirements on activities, businesses, and venues. Individuals should always consult with their local units of government for any additional questions and comply with local restrictions.

Independence Day and the Ad Astra COVID-19 reopening plan

July 4th recommendations from the Ad Astra Plan:

• Wear a mask, especially when 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.

• Limit gatherings in your home with 45 or fewer individuals, not including those you live with. Stick to outdoor events whenever possible.

• Sharing isn’t caring. Disinfect surfaces and use disposable or single serve items as much as possible.

• Maintain mass gathering limits and social distancing at pool parties, restaurants, parks or other social venues.

• If you are sick, stay home and contact your doctor.

• For travel, follow KDHE travel and quarantine guidelines and avoid high-risk travel areas. See KDHE’s website for more details.

Public health guidance for individuals and families celebrating Independence Day
• General health tips
o If you are sick, stay home and contact your doctor.
o Continue social distancing whenever possible. The best way to protect yourself and others is to keep 6 feet from others (except for those you live with) especially if you have a medical condition that puts you in a high-risk category.
o Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
o Cover coughs and sneezes into an elbow or tissue. Throw the used tissue away and immediately wash your hands.
o Masks are strongly encouraged, especially in places where social distancing is difficult to maintain.
o If you or a loved one is considered high-risk, stay home and avoid parties or gatherings.

• Tips for parties, gatherings, and get-togethers:
o Socially distance whenever you can. Avoid any instances in which groups of 45 or more people are gathered together and can’t maintain 6 feet.
o Given that social distancing is still practiced, outdoor activities are strongly encouraged over indoor activities. If engaging in indoor activities, practice strict social distancing and maintain ventilation throughout your home by opening doors or windows.
o Make sure you have soap, paper towels, disinfecting supplies, and other important cleaning materials ready.
o Clean high-touch surfaces like tables, door knobs, faucets, etc.
o Have paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other cleaning items ready in your bathroom for use.
o To protect their health, high-risk individuals should not attend social gatherings in-person. If the gathering is occurring in a home with a high-risk individual, those individuals should not interact face-to-face with guests. They should join via video chat or other virtual means.
o Make sure that anyone who is handling food wears gloves. Friends and family should be consistently washing hands.

o Food and Drink Tips
 Avoid punchbowls or other communal drink stations. Use individual packaged drinks and chips.
 Use disposable plates and utensils if unable to constantly clean dishes.
 Avoid buffets or other self-service food stations. Have individuals with gloves and masks serve food.
 If guests are bringing dishes, request that they bring them covered.
 Avoid single source drink containers, like kegs or pitchers.
 Avoid single source food spreads like, chips and dip.

• Heat safety tips
 Avoid extreme temperature changes.
 Stay hydrated, drink plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors as they absorb the sun’s rays.
 Slow down, stay indoors. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
 Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.

• Fireworks tips
o The Kansas Office of the Fire Marshal has provided the following fireworks tips for families:
 Always ignite outdoors
 Have an adult supervise all fireworks activities
 Have a water supply nearby
 Light from a solid, flat and stable platform
 Light only one firework at a time
 Make sure fireworks debris is cooled off completely before disposing
 Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks
 Store fireworks in a cool, dry place
 Use a long-handled lighter

o Bottle rockets and M80s are illegal in Kansas and extremely dangerous. The use or sale of these banned fireworks is considered a crime under Kansas law. It is also illegal in Kansas to shoot fireworks on or under any vehicle, on any public roadway, within 50 feet of a fireworks stand or where fireworks are stored, and at gas stations or any place liquid gas – including propane – is stored.

o Always refer to the local ordinances as to whether fireworks are allowed in your area as well as what types. Some cities or counties have restricted dates/times or types of fireworks that may be sold or discharged.

• Travel guidance:
o Currently, KDHE does not consider travel within Kansas as a criterion for travel-related quarantine. A local health officer may choose to include this as criteria so you should be aware of your local isolation and quarantine criteria.
o However, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) does issue regular mandates on travel-related quarantines for international, domestic travel to other states, and cruise-related travel. People in Kansas are asked to quarantine for a period of 14 days starting from the day they arrive in Kansas after visiting a high-risk location.
o As of 6/29 KDHE is mandating a 14-day home quarantine for Kansans if you have done any of the following:
 Traveled to:
• South Carolina and Florida on or after June 29.
• Alabama, Arizona, or Arkansas on or after June 17.
• Been on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
• International travel on or after March 15.
 Others needing to continue quarantining:
• Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the KDHE website at www.kdhe.ks.gov/coronavirus.

Kansas courts to require masks

District and appellate courts in Kansas were ordered to comply with the governor’s order to wear masks in public to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued the administrative order on July 2, and it takes effect July 3, according to a news release from the courts.

Although the governor’s order exempts courts, the court’s administrative order will apply.


The Supreme Court order requires all court employees, judicial officers, and members of the public to wear a face covering in any courtroom, court office, or other facility used for a court proceeding.

Face coverings must also be worn in any nonpublic court office unless physical shields are in place. Wherever there are two or more persons present in a nonpublic office, masks or shields will be required.

Courts are required to comply even if local county commissions opt out of the governor’s executive order, according to a spokesman for the courts.

“We must protect the health and safety of court users, staff, and judicial officers during this pandemic,” Chief Justice Marla Luckert said. “The use of face coverings, hygiene practices, protective shielding, and social distancing will allow us to do that as we conduct court proceedings across the state.”

The Supreme Court order allows a judge to waive the face covering requirement under certain circumstances set out in the order. That exception refers to social distancing, cleaning surfaces and restricting the number of people in a court room.

The order went into effect on July 3. The court’s administrative order is at https://www.kscourts.org/KSCourts/media/KsCourts/Orders/2020-PR-090.pdf.