Fight against COVID-19 continues in Wichita

The battle against COVID-19 is far from over. Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple tells KNSS News the last two weeks have seen an uptick in the number of COVID-19 patients comfined to Wichita hospial beds.

During Mondays with the Mayor, Whipple said the virus is now "community spread," as opposed to showing up in clusters.

"There was a time when our numbers were just way down and it was good," Whipple said. "And then I think people let their guards down. By the time our numbers started to tick back up, I think folks were just starting to learn about masks and the importance of them. In the last two weeks, we've seen an uptick in hospitalizations, which is what I look at. Hospitalizations are the better variable to look at rather than just overall testing because it means not only were these people tested, but they needed hospital stays."

Two weeks ago, Wichita was at 54 hospitalizations and then rose to 58. New numbers are due soon. 

"Hopefully, it's leveling off. We should start to se some good news with the masks, but we've got to just follow the numbers and see where we're at," Whipple said.

See more of the mayor's comments HERE.