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Nearly 17,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County

Updated at 4:20 p.m.Friday Data from four local health organizations showed that nearly 17,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Douglas County as of Thursday. Altogether, data from the four distributors — LMH Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Heartland ...

Kansas governor presents fix for vaccine data reporting woes

Story updated at 5:10 p.m. Friday MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly has announced plans to fix issues that have led Kansas to underreport the number of people vaccinated for COVID-19. The state's vaccination rate consistently ranks among the lowest in the country, and Kelly has blamed ...

Douglas County school virus guidance continues in green tier for second week

Douglas County’s school virus guidance will remain at its lowest tier for the second straight week as new cases of COVID-19 continue to fall. On Thursday, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that its guidance to schools would stay in the green tier, which recommends that schools ...

Douglas County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday; 500 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,533 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 28 cases since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 8,033 out of the 8,533 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 500 cases are active. The county has ...

Kansas to focus on COVID-19 shots for teachers, school staff

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas will put a priority on vaccinating teachers and other school staff against COVID-19 so that K-12 students across the state can resume in-person classes as quickly as possible, Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday. The Democratic governor's announcement came a week after she ...

Cold snap disrupts vaccine shipments, clinics in Kansas

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A winter cold snap that led to rolling power outages has disrupted shipments of Kansas COVID-19 vaccine, canceled some immunization clinics and shrank the number of people being tested. Dennis Kriesel, executive director of the Kansas Association of Local Health ...

Douglas County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases; 504 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,505 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 17 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 8,001 out of the 8,505 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 504 cases are active. The county has ...

Kansas likely to see ‘pockets’ of new COVID variant, state health leader says

TOPEKA — Kansas is likely to have pockets of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom, and public health officials believe it could become the state's dominant strain, the head of the state health department said Tuesday. Dr. Lee Norman also said that ...

Second case of COVID-19 U.K. variant identified in Kansas

TOPEKA (AP) — A second case of a more-contagious coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Kansas, state health officials said Monday. The variant virus first detected in the United Kingdom was found in the Wichita area, the state Department of Health and Environment said in a news ...

Douglas County reports 66 new COVID-19 cases since Friday; 507 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,490 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 66 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 7,983 out of the 8,490 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 507 cases are active. The county has ...

Kansas struggles to fix vaccine reporting issues

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is working to fix its troubled system for sending vaccine data to the federal government, saying glitches caused about 100,000 doses that were given to not be registered as being administered. The state's vaccination rate has consistently ranked as among the ...

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, February 2014.

Bill would require Kansas schools to fully reopen next month

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas schools would be required to offer full, in-person instruction starting March 26 under a bill that was introduced Friday. Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson said in news release announcing the bill that students must not continue to "languish in virtual ...