No other coronavirus cases reported at Wichita city hall

Wichita mayor Brandon Whipple said Thursday there have been no other positive tests for COVID-19 since council member Brandon Johnson tested positive a week ago.

Whipple said he and council members and some city staff remain in quarantine for a two-week period.   He praised Johnson for taking quick steps and getting tested once he noticed symptoms.   Whipple said “He took it serious, got a test right away, and doing that he probably saved lives.   We have some folks who work in our office who are in the high risk category.”

Whipple said Johnson is recovering with mild symptoms and Johnson’s wife and daughter have also reported symptoms, but they are doing fine.

During his weekly news conference, the mayor talked raised concerns about an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community and the situation with Wichita hospitals being at or near capacity.  He is urging people to wear masks and follow social distancing, saying “If we don’t start changing behavior today, we could get to the point where there is not a hospital bed for you.”

Sedgwick County is under a new health order that limits the size of mass gatherings and there is still a requirement for people to wear masks in public places.