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Cluster of virus cases found at KCK rehabilitation center; Kansas up to 21 deaths

A cluster of COVID-19 cases has been found at a rehabilitation center in Kansas City, Kan., where 17 residents and two staff members have tested positive for the virus. Six of those 17 residents at Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation have been hospitalized, said Dr. Allen Greiner, chief ...

Leavenworth County reports its first virus death

Leavenworth County reported its first death from COVID-19 on Friday. The patient, a woman in her 50s, had been taken to a local hospital emergency room, according to a Leavenworth County Health Department news release. She had underlying health conditions and no history of travel. Including ...

Lawrence City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St., is pictured Thursday, July 7, 2016.

City of Lawrence cancels several meetings, announces new meeting procedures

All but a handful of City of Lawrence meetings have been canceled for the month of April because of health orders related to the coronavirus outbreak. The city announced in a news release that it had canceled all nonessential meetings of advisory boards and committees previously scheduled ...

Douglas County COVID-19 count remains at 31

The number of Douglas County residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began remains at 31, local health officials announced Friday. There are 21 cases believed to have been contracted through travel, five from local transmission and four from contact with someone ...

KU tells students it will credit unused housing, dining and parking permit costs

Story updated at 4:37 p.m. Friday After thousands of University of Kansas students were told in late March to pack their bags and finish the academic year online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, questions immediately arose as to whether the state's flagship university would refund the costs for ...

KU Med Center students graduate early to help with pandemic

KANSAS CITY, KAN. — More than 50 University of Kansas medical students are graduating early to participate in a program that will deploy them throughout the state to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Kansas Medical Center said in a news release that the program will ...

Governor says Kansas could run out of personal protective equipment next week

Story updated at 6:55 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas could run out of personal protective equipment for medical personnel and others dealing directly with the coronavirus pandemic by the middle of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly said Friday, as the state saw its largest spike in the number of ...

Kansas governor criticizes federal government’s response to pandemic

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly strongly criticized the U.S. government Thursday as unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic and said her state hasn’t gotten needed supplies despite multiple requests approved since mid-March. The Democratic governor said Kansas has sought “hundreds of ...

Chancellor estimates KU will lose tens of millions of dollars from COVID-19 crisis

The University of Kansas expects to suffer losses in the range of tens of millions of dollars because of the COVID-19 pandemic that forced its campuses to abruptly switch to online learning and sent all but 500 students home for the semester. Chancellor Douglas Girod made the grim prediction ...

COVID-19 count in Douglas County rises to 31

Local health officials announced Thursday that 31 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, an increase of one from the previous day. There are 21 cases believed to have been contracted through travel, five from local transmission and four from ...

IRS revises instructions, timeline for U.S. stimulus checks

WASHINGTON — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated ...

Small-government think tank questions use of phone GPS data during pandemic

Story updated at 5:40 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA — Kansas health officials faced questions Thursday over the state’s monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people’s cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But Gov. Laura Kelly defended the state ...