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COVID vaccine to be available to all Kansans 16 and older starting Monday

Updated at 4 p.m. Friday TOPEKA – Gov. Laura Kelly announced Friday that starting on Monday, Kansas will make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all Kansans 16 years older, as the state enters the final Phase 5 of the Vaccine Prioritization plan. “With the anticipated increase in supply ...

Over 35,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County

Data from four local health organizations showed that more than 35,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Douglas County as of Thursday. Altogether, data from the four distributors — LMH Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Heartland Community Health Center ...

Two new COVID-19 deaths bring Douglas County’s total to 83; 29 new cases reported

Two more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the county health department, bringing the total number of COVID-19-related deaths in the county to 83. According to the health department’s dashboard, there have been 39 deaths in the 85-plus age range, 24 deaths in ...

More contagious United Kingdom COVID-19 variant identified in Douglas County

A variant of COVID-19 that was originally detected in the United Kingdom has been identified in Douglas County, according to a news release from the local health department on Thursday evening. The B.1.1.7 variant is about 50% more contagious than the COVID-19 strain that is common in the ...

GOP leaders promise to thwart Kansas governor on mask policy

TOPEKA — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas are promising to thwart Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to encourage county officials to maintain mask mandates to help control COVID-19, declaring a statewide policy unnecessary after steep declines in new cases this winter. GOP leaders in the ...

Douglas County reports 5 new COVID-19 cases; 215 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,841 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of five cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 8,626 out of the 8,841 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 215 cases are active. The county has ...

About 40% of Kansas prison staff, 30% of inmates decline COVID shot

TOPEKA — About 40% of Kansas prison staff and about 30% of inmates have declined to be vaccinated for COVID-19 despite massive outbreaks at lockups that have infected thousands. The Kansas Department of Corrections is in its sixth week of offering vaccinations to inmates and staff, the ...

Gov. Kelly says she intends to sign emergency extension

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that a measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to rewrite Kansas' emergency management laws while limiting her authority during the coronavirus pandemic is "reasonable." Legislators sent her the bill Tuesday and she said ...

Over 25,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County

Data from four local health organizations showed that more than 25,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Douglas County as of Thursday. Altogether, data from the four distributors — LMH Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Heartland Community Health Center ...

Douglas County reports 26 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday; 234 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,761 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 26 cases since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 8,527 out of the 8,761 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 234 cases are active. The county ...

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Nearly 600 doses of COVID vaccine have been wasted due to error, LMH Health says

Nearly 600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine were wasted due to a faulty transfer of the doses between Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and LMH Health, according to a news release Thursday evening from the hospital. The error resulted in LMH refreezing doses that had ...