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Kansas counties reject new guidance on COVID-19 quarantines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two northeast Kansas counties on Thursday rejected at least part of the new federal and state guidelines for shortening the time people are quarantined after they're possibly exposed to COVID-19. New guidance Wednesday from the federal Centers for Disease Control and ...

Former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lockett dies after contracting COVID-19

TOPEKA — Former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Tyler Lockett died after contracting COVID-19, officials said Wednesday. Lockett, 87, died Saturday. He was appointed to the state’s highest court in 1983 by Democratic Gov. John Carlin, and the justice retired in 2003. He had been a district ...

COVID-19 vaccine for high-risk health care workers expected in Kansas in mid-December

TOPEKA — A Kansas health official says a COVID-19 vaccine could be available for many high-risk health care workers in mid-December. Phil Griffin, deputy director of the bureau of disease control and prevention for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said pending approval from ...

Staff shortages, virus surges could hit rural Kansas hospitals hard

Belle Plaine — Anticipated staffing shortages amid surging coronavirus cases could hit rural hospitals especially hard because smaller communities have more limited options for finding providers to cover for sick workers, medical providers say. “We are doing what we can to make sure our ...

New COVID-19 death brings total to 26; 48 new cases in county

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the local health department’s update about the virus on Tuesday. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 25 people — seven residents between the ages of 65 and 74, five residents between the ages ...

Kansas hospital officials fear nursing shortage amid surge

Hospital and nursing officials fear that if COVID-19 cases continue unchecked there won't be enough nurses to staff new hospital beds in the near future in the Kansas City metro area. "All the things we were worried about could be possible in March, April and May are actually happening ...

3 new deaths, 236 new COVID-19 cases reported in county since last Wednesday

Three more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Monday update about the virus, meaning 25 residents total have been killed by the virus. Previously, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that 22 people — six residents between the ...

Could pandemic put an end to snow days in Kansas schools?

WICHITA — Between concerns about schools staying open and the challenges of learning remotely, teachers and students are haunted by another question that goes beyond 2020: Will snow days disappear forever? Schools invested in both the knowhow and technology to teach students remotely. In the ...

Kansas City area tops 1,000 deaths from COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City area has reached an unwanted milestone: Coronavirus deaths in the region have now topped 1,000. The Kansas City Star reports that nine new deaths cited Thursday brought the total since the onset of the pandemic to 1,003. The number includes Kansas ...