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Douglas County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday; 263 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,733 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 54 cases since information was last reported on Thursday. In Douglas County, 8,470 out of the 8,733 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 263 ...

Kansas vaccine numbers increase while COVID-19 cases continue to drop

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas continues to see a drop in COVID-19 cases while vaccination efforts expand, health officials said Monday. More than 16% of the state's residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported. More ...

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a ...

Local pharmacists across the nation step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort

NEW YORK — They're just your regular neighborhood pharmacists, but some now wear superhero capes. Local pharmacy owners are filling in the gaps as federal, state and county authorities across the country struggle to ramp up vaccinations vital to crushing the COVID-19 pandemic. In some small ...

Kansas to vaccinate meat plant workers; rules upset counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to give thousands of meatpacking plant workers their first COVID-19 vaccines by the end of next week, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday, as at least a few counties pushed back against state inoculation rules that carry the threat of having doses withheld for ...

Two new COVID-19 deaths bring county total to 78; 9 new cases

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 78. The two new deaths were a man and a woman who were both in the 85-plus age range, Lawrence-Douglas County Public ...