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GOP leader says Kansas health chief misled public on masks

Updated at 6:27 p.m. Monday TOPEKA — A Republican leader in the Kansas Legislature on Monday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top public health administrator of using a misleading presentation to bolster their argument for requiring people to wear masks in public as a debate rages over ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 714; 89 remain active

Douglas County reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 714. In Douglas County, 625 out of the 714 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. The Douglas County Community Scorecard ...

Kansas governor tests negative for coronavirus, aide says

Story updated at 6:37 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7: Topeka — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly tested negative for the coronavirus Friday as a Republican legislative leader faced criticism from some Democrats for not telling colleagues until this week that he’d been infected and hospitalized before he, Kelly ...

A look at the spending Douglas County proposes for $24.9 million in CARES funding

Covering health and medical expenses caused by the coronavirus pandemic accounts for a large portion of a proposed spending plan for Douglas County's nearly $25 million of federal aid. Almost half of the $24.9 million of funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 696

Douglas County has reported 696 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 10 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 604 out of the 696 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Three patients at Lawrence’s hospital had ...

Video calls, visitation in the works for Douglas County Jail

Video visitation is planned for the Douglas County Jail, according to a spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. In-person visits have been suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Journal-World has reported; in lieu of that, inmates have been allowed two free 15-minute phone ...

KU will mandate initial COVID-19 testing for campus community, Girod says

Story updated at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5: The University of Kansas will mandate that all students, staff and faculty members who are able to return to campus take a free saliva-based COVID-19 test, Chancellor Douglas Girod announced Wednesday. The tests, which will be administered before ...

Fifth local death from COVID-19 reported; 686 cases total in Douglas County

A fifth Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s Wednesday update about the virus. Previously, Douglas County announced that four people — a male resident in his 70s and three male residents in their 80s — had died from COVID-19 or with the ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 684; 91 remain active

Douglas County has reported 684 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of five cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 593 out of the 684 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Six patients at Lawrence’s hospital had ...