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Sedgwick County Health Department Advises Wichita City Council Members No Longer Need to Self-Quarantine

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While attending a professional conference in Washington, DC last week, four members of the Wichita City Council were possibly exposed to two people who later tested positive for COVID-19 who were attending the same conference.

Council members who may have been exposed are Mayor Brandon Whipple and Council Members James Clendenin, Brandon Johnson, and Becky Tuttle. Vice Mayor Cindy Claycomb, Council Member Bryan Frye and City Manager Robert Layton were also in Washington, DC at the same time, but did not attend the conference. Council Member Jeff Blubaugh did not travel to Washington.

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommendation, the four council members self-quarantined while seeking further medical direction from the Sedgwick County Health Department. Today, the Disease Investigator’s office at the Sedgwick County Health Department determined that the council members need no longer self-quarantine.

Quoting instructions from the Health Department to the four council members, “(t)hey are advised to self-monitor for two weeks until March 23 to check for symptoms such as fevers greater than 100.4 F and respiratory symptoms. If they develop symptoms they must stay home and contact their PCP (professional care provider).”

None of the council members have exhibited any symptoms since their return from Washington, DC and there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sedgwick County residents at this time.

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