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Over 4,000 vaccines administered in Douglas County so far; 30 new cases of COVID-19

As of Friday, 3,337 first doses and 792 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Douglas County, according to the health department. George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, said the 3,337 first doses have been administered at LMH Health, ...

Kansas on track to pay out extra unemployment benefit

Story updated at 1:45 p.m. Friday TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas is on track to pay out an extra $300-a-week federal unemployment benefit as part of a coronavirus rescue aid package enacted late last month, a top Department of Labor official said. Ryan Wright, who stepped down as acting secretary of ...

Kansas Senate votes to extend COVID-19 emergency, limit Kelly

TOPEKA (AP) — The Republican-led state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would extend Kansas' state of emergency while limiting Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s power to direct the pandemic response, as workers sought to speed up the pace of coronavirus vaccinations. A law enacted in ...

Douglas County reports 67 new COVID-19 cases; 1,207 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,440 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 67 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 6,233 out of the 7,440 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,207 cases are active. The county ...

GOP legislator frustrated after Kansas health department opts out of hearings

TOPEKA — A Republican legislator voiced frustration with the state health department for ditching a planned presentation to the Senate health committee amid distrust with the governor’s COVID-19 vaccination strategy. A representative for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment was ...

Kansas COVID-19 hospitalizations fall from last month’s peak

TOPEKA (AP) — Coronavirus hospitalizations have fallen in Kansas from their high last month and staffing is under less strain as the shaky vaccine rollout gains momentum, although overall case numbers remain stubbornly high. Kansas Department of Health and Environment data shows that 889 ...

KU to require COVID-19 testing prior to spring semester

Updated at 3 p.m. Wednesday The University of Kansas will once again mandate COVID-19 testing prior to the start of the upcoming semester, a mitigation measure that proved "crucial" prior to the fall semester, according to the chancellor. Chancellor Douglas Girod wrote in a Wednesday morning ...

Douglas County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases; 1,176 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,287 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 54 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 6,111 out of the 7,287 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,176 cases are active. The county has ...

Kansas House, Senate forge ahead without mask mandate covering legislators

TOPEKA — Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau's brother, Wichita retiree Randall Faust Jr., usually adhered to basic public health rules by wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. But he let down his guard and set his mask aside while visiting an out-of-town relative. And then Faust, ...

Kansas Legislature begins its 2021 session under shadow of COVID-19

TOPEKA — The 2021 Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly convened Monday to begin chipping away at a massive backlog of legislation with the cloud of COVID-19 hovering over the proceedings. Outgoing Sen. Susan Wagle, retiring after 30 years in the Legislature, offered a bit of advice as she shed ...

Douglas County reports 187 new COVID-19 cases over weekend; 1,160 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,233 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 187 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 6,073 out of the 7,233 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,160 cases are active. The county has ...

Kansas lawmakers review state’s lagging vaccine distribution

TOPEKA (AP) — Legislators are reviewing Kansas' distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, though U.S. government data showed Monday that the state's inoculation rate no longer lagged behind most other states. Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature were unhappy with what they considered a ...

Officials urge people of color to get vaccinated

When Priscilla Johnson, LMH Health pharmacy technician in the oncology pharmacy department, rolled up her sleeve to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 19, a familiar face was preparing the needle — her son Tyler Johnson. “Honestly, it was a blessed moment for me. With my own son giving me ...

More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

NEW YORK — For Nancy Sinoway, a second coronavirus relief loan would increase the chances that her dressmaking business will survive. "I could use it for marketing, for new samples. I could use it as a lifeline," says Sinoway, who designs and makes dresses for occasions like weddings and ...

Prisoners among those to get vaccine next, prompting concern

MISSION, Kan. — Kansas prisons ravaged by COVID-19 are set to be prioritized for vaccinations next — frustrating news for some lawmakers but welcome by inmates' families and activists. The state prison system — housing about 8,600 inmates — has reported 5,320 cases among offenders and ...