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COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 415; 194 remain active

Douglas County has reported 415 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 38 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 221 out of the 415 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered. The age range with the highest number of cases is 20 to 29. Out of the 415 cases of COVID-19 in ...

Kansas teachers will get little required training on how to run classrooms online

WICHITA — Jennifer Mathes kept her expectations for the spring low. A sudden, pandemic-driven shift from classrooms to online instruction was bound to throw the Blue Valley school district a curve. That would be a loss for the quality of teaching she could expect for her daughter. But for ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 377; 183 remain active

Douglas County has reported 377 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 23 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 194 out of the 377 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered. The age range with the highest number of cases is 20 to 29. Out of the 377 cases of COVID-19 in ...

A look at the sizable pool of candidates hoping to represent Kansas’ Big 1st

GARDEN CITY — Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for Kansas’ 1st Congressional District seat. It’s open because Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall hopes to win the U.S. Senate seat held by Pat Roberts, who is retiring. Known as the Big 1st, the congressional district ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 354; 179 remain active

Douglas County has reported 354 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 103 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 175 out of the 354 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have recovered. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s online map noted that 7,178 Douglas County ...

Kansas reports 982 more cases linked to coronavirus outbreak

TOPEKA — Kansas reported 982 more confirmed coronavirus cases and three more deaths as the state seeks to combat the surging outbreak with a mask mandate. The state Department of Health and Environment reported Monday that Kansas has had 16,901 cases, up 6% from Friday. Kansas also has ...

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

LONDON — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published in the journal Clinical ...

Douglas County to extend Phase 3 for 2 more weeks, per health order

Douglas County will remain in Phase 3 of the state's Ad Astra reopening plan for an additional two weeks, according to a health order issued Thursday by Douglas County's health officer. In addition to ordering bars closed for the next two weeks, health officer Dr. Thomas Marcellino's order ...

Leavenworth hospital closing because of coronavirus costs

LEAVENWORTH — A Leavenworth hospital will close this fall because of costs associated with the coronavirus, the hospital owner said. Saint Luke’s Cushing Hospital’s inpatient unit will close July 17 and the entire hospital will close Oct. 1, the Saint Luke’s Health System announced ...

County health order to close bars for 2 weeks, starting Friday

Updated at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday Just before the Fourth of July holiday, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has announced a health order to close bars and nightclubs for two weeks, beginning Friday, in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The official order will be issued Thursday by Douglas ...

KCMO mayor called racist slur after requiring masks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s Black mayor said Monday that he was called a racist slur and told he should “swing from a tree” after he announced mandatory face masks in the Missouri city. Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter shared a screenshot of the texts, which came after he announced ...