COVID-19 spike brings cancellations, closures

Jeff Guy

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 cancelled and summer athletic activities like psq, 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. In an email to the Wellington Daily News, City Administrator Shane Shields wrote:

A City employee, who works in the city administrative offices, has tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee was only present in the workplace two days early in the last two work weeks and did not have any direct contact with the public. Several other city employees, including myself, were identified as close contacts of the employee who tested positive.  Those employees are following the direction of the County Health Department and, as a precaution, are quarantining themselves for a designated period of time.  The City Administrative Building has been closed to public access due to the staff shortage that is now a result of the quarantine of several staff members.

In a press release, Shields said the administration building will be closed to the public until further notice. The release reads:

During this time, staff will be working and available by phone or email. If you require face-to-face contact for an essential service and you are not exhibiting any symptoms of illness, please contact the City Office you are needing to conduct business with by phone or email and an appointment may be scheduled, if necessary. The City continues to encourage utility customers to pay utility bills by phone using MasterCard or Visa (620-326-2821), online via the City website, by mail, or through the drive-thru at the City Building. Payment may also be deposited in the utility payment drop box located near the drive-up window on the south side of the City Administration Building. You may contact the Utility Billing Office by email at Court fines and fees may be paid online or by mail. Some fines may not be paid online and will require a court appearance. Contact the Municipal Court Clerk at 620-326-2791 or by email at Please visit the City website at for phone and email contacts and general information for all offices.

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 CDC at Sumner County Health Department at

“No other changes are planned at this time, although, as we have all seen, this pandemic situation is very fluid and things can change on a day-to-day basis,” Shields said in an email.