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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 ...

KU relaxes requirements for instructors wishing to teach remotely in fall semester

The University of Kansas has decided to give its instructors more flexibility to decide whether they’re comfortable with teaching in-person courses in the fall, just days after hundreds of faculty members signed a letter protesting KU’s policies related to COVID-19 and the reopening ...

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 ...

Douglas County issues mask mandate in public spaces, beginning Wednesday

Story updated at 5 p.m. Monday: After more than 30 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed over the weekend, Douglas County will soon require everyone in public spaces to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, masks will be required throughout ...

Lawrence Public Library reopens, but visits are limited and face masks required

The Lawrence Public Library has reopened in a limited capacity, but library leaders say a return to normal operating is still far away. The library’s meeting areas, study tables and reading corners are gone, and there are limits on the number of visitors and how long they can stay. ...

Faculty leaders blast KU’s return-to-campus policies, and a few refuse to comply

Dozens of department leaders at the University of Kansas are demanding more transparency from administrators about plans to reopen campus after a COVID-19-induced shutdown, and a few of them have refused to comply with a mandate that requires instructors to document their health conditions in ...

Firework safety, virus awareness important this Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is upon us and with that comes fireworks, crowds and injuries. There is no doubt that this 4th may look a bit different from previous years. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many counties and cities to cancel their fireworks displays to keep large crowds from gathering in one ...

Inside a nursing home trying to keep loneliness and COVID-19 at bay

Monette Johnson wants her husband, Chuck, to see another of the wheat harvests that have been so central to his life. His career centered on grain elevators and wheat sales. Now in hospice care in Lindsborg, Kan., he misses those golden fields. So Monette recruited a family friend to Skype ...

Third city employee tests positive for COVID-19

A third City of Lawrence employee has tested positive for COVID-19, the city announced Friday in a news release. The case involves an employee from the Municipal Services and Operations Department whose position does not involve contact with the public, according to the release. The worker is ...

Kansas City, Mo., mandating masks in public

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City is making masks mandatory inside businesses and other places that are open to the public amid a growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Mayor Quinton Lucas said Friday that starting Monday, visitors and employees must wear masks when 6 feet of separation ...

City to begin roadwork for temporary downtown layout to respond to coronavirus

Roadwork will soon begin to temporarily reconfigure the layout of downtown Lawrence to allow more space for outdoor commerce due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Monday, city staff will begin work on Massachusetts Street for the recently approved reconfiguration plan, which will cause some ...