- Sedgwick County Health Department
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- Kansas COVID-19 Response and Recovery
The City of Derby is monitoring the COVID-19 situation and asking employees and residents to take precautions. The health of our community and residents is of the utmost importance.
Individuals are encouraged to take precautions to avoid the spread of infection, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you have symptoms of illness. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends older adults and those with compromised immune systems or serious underlying health conditions take extra precautions. Here are some other guidelines:
- Stay home if you have symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath) or a fever (100.4 or higher on an oral thermometer) or signs of a fever.
- Stay home until you’re fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicines.
- Immediately leave your workplace if you begin to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath).
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).
- Wash your hands often (especially before eating) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Greet people without touching.
- Put a plan together for what you will do if you or a family member who is at high risk becomes sick.
Who to Call for Testing
Beginning Nov. 6, Sedgwick County residents should call (316) 660-1022 for COVID-19 questions and appointments for no-cost COVID-19 tests through the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD). Residents should no longer call 2-1-1 United Way of the Plains for COVID-19 testing.
Residents will speak to a live person or leave a message for a return call the same day or within two business days. The SCHD call center hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Residents can be tested for COVID-19 through the Sedgwick County Health Department (SCHD) regardless of symptoms. Sampling will take place by appointment during regular hours at the SCHD drive-through sampling site. The drive-through sampling site is open from:
- 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
Priority for testing will be given to people with symptoms and those who are in the following priority asymptomatic groups: public works employees, people working in in-person classrooms of preK to 12th grade students, healthcare workers (including hospital, clinic, long-term care, hospice, and home health), first responders, law enforcement, detention facility workers, Direct Support Professionals, or people who work in residential living facilities.
People in the priority asymptomatic group can be tested weekly. Other asymptomatic persons can be tested once.
The SCHD will take a sample from the resident and send it to a lab for COVID-19 testing. Residents may receive their results in four to six days. The results of the virus test show whether a person has a current infection. This is not an antibody test.
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment: www.kdheks.gov
- KDHE information hotline:1-866-534-3463 or 1-866-KDHE-INFO
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov
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