Sedgwick County positivity rate at lowest since December

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Across Sedgwick County, COVID numbers are dropping.

The numbers have been steadily declining for about a week and a half. On Monday, the health department tallied 110 cases in 24 hours. On Tuesday, it fell to 58 cases.

The 14-day positivity rate fell to 9.8%, which is the lowest since December 27, 2021. Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne said the increase in cases there a few weeks has allowed many people to protect themselves against the virus.

“I think we are finally going in the right direction. There are a lot of people who have natural immunity thanks to Covid when we had thousands and thousands of cases every week,” Byrne said.

Byrne said vaccination and booster rates continue to stagnate. The county is pushing for more people to get vaccinated.

According to Byrne, hospitals are also seeing a drop in the number of patients with coronavirus-related issues. Despite this, she said too many covid patients were occupying beds.

“The closer we get to those five, you know that 5% positivity rate, the closer we get to getting back to what our normalcy you know will be,” Byrne added.

Byrne added that the demand for vaccines is not as high as the health department would like.

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