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City Taking Proactive Steps to Prepare for Covid-19

3/11/2020
Contact: City Communications |

The City of Wichita is taking proactive steps to prepare for Covid-19, also known as the Coronavirus, in an effort to keep visitors and employees healthy. Cleaning sessions are being ramped up at City facilities with special emphasis placed on highly touched areas such as elevators, hand rails and restrooms. Examples of City facilities include:

  • City Hall

  • Wichita Public Library locations

  • CityArts

  • Mid-America All Indian Center

  • Old Cowtown Museum

  • Botanica

  • Wichita Public Golf Courses

  • McLean Manor and Greenway Manor (managed by Housing & Community Services)

Additional efforts are taking place at other City locations including those described below:

Airport: Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is using an enhanced cleaning process known as “electrostatic spraying” which allows large spaces to be sanitized more efficiently and effectively through the use of electrically charged particles. Purell hand sanitizer and disinfectant stations have been placed throughout the terminal and the concourse.

Century II: Century II is also using electrostatic spraying to treat large spaces. Portable hand sanitizing stations will be placed in areas with the highest number of visitors. Additional cleaning is scheduled for large scale events and the following day. Signage has been added in restrooms and back-of-house areas to encourage hand washing.

Transit: Wichita Transit is disinfecting its buses nightly as well as the Administration building and Transit Center.

Public Works & Utilities is working to hire vendors to increase cleaning coverage at outlying City facilities such as recreation centers. The additional sessions are expected to begin next week. Public Works & Utilities and Transit are also considering the addition of electrostatic cleaning tools.

The City is encouraging employees to follow best hygiene practices including frequent hand washing and remaining home when sick. The Sedgwick County Health department is sharing additional health safety tips and information to reduce the potential spread of Covid-19 here: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/

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