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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 ...

Douglas County reports 72 new COVID-19 cases; 1,086 remain active

Douglas County reported 7,046 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 72 cases since Thursday. In Douglas County, 5,960 out of the 7,046 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 1,086 cases are active. The county ...

New COVID-19 death in county brings total to 36; 87 new cases

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s update on Thursday. The new death, which brings the total to 36, was a man in the 65 to 74 age range who had been hospitalized at the time of death, George Diepenbrock, spokesperson for ...

Kansas moves people 65+ up in line for COVID-19 vaccinations

Story updated at 7:23 p.m. Thursday TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas expects to finish giving COVID-19 vaccines to long-term care residents and health care workers by the end of this month and has moved people aged 65 and older into the next group to receive the shots. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on ...

Douglas County court to delay jury trials through January

Jury trials that were set to begin this month in Douglas County District Court are going to be postponed, the chief judge said Thursday. The court has a plan approved by the state Office of Judicial Administration and by Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health to resume holding jury trials ...

Douglas County reports 100 new COVID-19 cases; 950 remain active

Douglas County reported 6,887 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 100 cases since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 5,937 out of the 6,887 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 950 cases are active. The county ...

Kansas State considers online start to semester due to virus

Story updated at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday MISSION (AP) — Kansas State University has warned that the spring semester could begin online because the coronavirus continues to rage in the surrounding community and statewide. President Richard Myers said in a written statement that the COVID-19 ...