WELLINGTON–COVID-19 cases have spiked in Sumner County, as they have throughout the state, leading to many closings and cancellations - the latest being the cancellation of the Sumner County Fair.
As of Monday, July 13, the Sumner County Health Dept. reported 47 positive cases of COVID-19 in the county, 36 of which are active. The KDHE map shows 48 cases, the difference being due to a case transferred to another county. Of the cases, 14 have recovered, there has been one death,and one unconfirmed death. New cases made up of the following demographics: Male: one in his 30s, two in their 60s, three in their 70s; Female: one infant, one teen, three in their 30s, one in her 40s, two in their 50s and one in her 80s.
A message on Facebook from Monday night, read:
Due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19, the loss of entertainment vendors, and the wish for the health and safety of our friends and neighbors, the Sumner County Fair Board, with regret, announces the cancellation of the majority of the 2020 Sumner County Fair events. The decision was not an easy one to make and was only done after careful consideration for all those involved.
The livestock shows and auction will still be held, but the shows will be spaced out so sanitizing can be done between shows. Participants will be required to wear masks while showing the animals; social distancing will be practiced as much as possible in the show ring and barn. Spectators should be limited to immediate family only; masks will be recommended but not required; social distancing should be practiced.
Wellington High School graduation had to be canceled and summer athletic activities like camps, and individual workouts for the next two weeks
"We will look at possibly starting back up on July 27th if we can," the email read. "We apologize for this and as always we will keep the safety of our students and staff a top priority."
Wellington restaurants, Fabiola’s and The Dore have closed due to employees testing positive for COVID-19.
The city of Wellington is currently not allowing public access to the City Administration Building, according to Shane Shields, City Manager. He said the administration building will be closed to the public until further notice.
Shields encouraged all residents to practice social distancing and follow all Federal, State, and local directives and recommendations. For more information visit the following sites: KDHE at govstatus.egov.com/coronavirus CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Sumner County Health Department at ks-sumner.publicaccess.com/default.aspx