There is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Sumner County and the local health officer has issued an emergency "Stay at home order", effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020. This order will remain in effect for 30 days, until April 25, 2020, unless otherwise amended, suspended, or rescinded. The Sumner County Health Dept. received official confirmation late Wednesday night of a positive COVID-19 case in Sumner County. The patient is a man in his 60s who resides in the northern part of the county. He is currently hospitalized in Sedgwick County. The county health department has started a disease investigation and is locating contacts of the patient. A press release from the county said the health department will make an announcement when it has more information it can share. The order requires individuals to practice social distancing, meaning keeping at least six feet of social distancing from other individuals. To stem the spread of the virus, people are to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitzer, cover coughs and sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands) regularly cleaning high touch surfaces and are not to shake hands. All individuals are directed to stay home and leave their residence only to perform essential activities. All businesses and operations, except essential businesses are required to cease all activities in their place of business, although such businesses may continue from employee or contractors' own residences. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are urged to stay in their residence except as necessary to seek medical care. “Essential activities” include: visiting a healthcare professional, obtaining medical supplies or medication, buying food or necessary supplies or doing these things for someone else; engaging in outdoor activity such as running, walking or hiking in public parks and other public places while maintaining social distancing (the use of playground equipment is discouraged); to care for a family member or pet in another household or transport them to receive care; to provide care in “healthcare operations, such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, dentist offices; to work in the maintenance and operations of infrastructure; work as a first responder, such as law enforcement, emergency personnel or public health worker; providing or accessing “essential governmental functions” (all services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public, including judicial functions. “Essential businesses” include: groceries, supermarkets, farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores, liquor stores; businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals; media services; gas stations and auto supplies, auto repair and servicing and emergency road services; farming, livestock and fishing; human and animal food processing; banks and related financial institutions; electricians, plumbers, exterminators, construction, cleaning and janitorial staff, security staff, HVAC painting, lawn care and other trades or services necessary for the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences; businesses providing mailing and shipping services; laundry services; businesses that provide other essential businesses with supplies necessary to operate; businesses that ship or delivery groceries, food, beverages or service to residences; commercial transportation services; home-based care services; residential facilities and shelters; personal services, such as real estate or accounting, child care facilities (which must keep children in groups of 10 or fewer, keep separate groups in different rooms, not move children from one group to another and must keep childcare providers with one group of children; mortuaries; hotels and motels to the intent for lodging and delivery or carry-out of food services; manufacture, distributors supply chains producing and supplying essential services. Also effective, March 27, city park playgrounds will be closed until further notice. This includes all playground structures, swings, slides and other similar equipment at Candy Cane City, Melody Bowl, Woods Park, Hargis Watershed, Madison, McKinley, Worden Park, Jefferson Park, Wellington Lake, and the skate park and steam engine train in Sellers Park. All public restrooms and water fountains will also be closed. With the exception of Candy Cane City, the open areas of these parks will still be available for outdoor recreation for the time being, including walking trails, tennis courts, basketball courts, volleyball pits and ball diamonds. The public is asked to continue practicing social distancing while using these facilities. Shelter houses and picnic tables within the parks should only be used if people are able to wipe down surfaces prior to use. Park staff simply are not available to sanitize these items after each use. People are also asked to wipe down these areas when they leave.