WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Mask requirements are back, at least for city employees and contractors.

Following the high community level rating in Sedgwick County, the City of Wichita has required that its employees wear masks for the time being. 

"With the rising numbers of positive COVID tests, we are asking that employees and contractors in our facilities wear masks when they cannot social distance," A spokesperson for the city said. "We continue to encourage mask wearing for the general public in the same circumstances."

Last week, Sedgwick County Health Department said that there were 844 new cases for the week ending on July 20. For comparison, there were 517 new cases in the same week in June.