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Douglas County reports 74 new COVID-19 cases; 790 remain active

Douglas County reported 6,787 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 74 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 5,997 out of the 6,787 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 790 cases are active. The county has ...

GOP sees privacy as key to Kansas contact tracing debate

TOPEKA (AP) — Republican legislators and Kansas' GOP attorney general said Tuesday that privacy is key, as lawmakers prepared to decide whether to rewrite a law that allows people exposed to COVID-19 to refuse to disclose their close contacts to health officials. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly ...

13th inmate dies of COVID-19 as virus hits Kansas prisons hard

EL DORADO (AP) — A 13th Kansas inmate has died of COVID-19 as the virus continues to spread in the state's prisons, infecting thousands. The Kansas Department of Corrections said the latest inmate to die had been serving a 24-year sentence for attempted first-degree murder and second-degree ...

Kansas governor ‘very comfortable’ with vaccine distribution

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that she’s “very comfortable” with how Kansas is distributing COVID-19 vaccines despite U.S. government data showing its inoculation rate is the lowest of any state. The Democratic governor argued that Kansas likely has a more efficient ...

Kansas health officials, political leaders reflect on lessons learned from COVID-19

Topeka — As 2021 begins, health officials and elected leaders in Kansas are reflecting on the lessons learned so far about the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said the pandemic showed Kansas that a “patchwork” response does not work. She closed ...

Kansas to use genetic testing to find new coronavirus strain

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will rely on genetic tests to identify cases of a new and apparently more contagious coronavirus strain that was first seen in England, the director of the state Department of Health and Environment said this week. No cases of the new strain have been detected in ...

Douglas County school virus guidance remains in yellow tier

Douglas County schools returning from winter break will be able to begin with students at least partially in classrooms. Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced Thursday its guidance to schools would remain in the yellow tier for another week, which will cover the first days of class ...

Douglas County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases; 820 remain active

Douglas County reported 6,482 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 54 cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 5,662 out of the 6,482 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 820 cases are active. The county ...

CDC ranks Kansas last in COVID-19 shots; reporting lag cited

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas ranks last among states in its reported COVID-19 vaccination rate, according to U.S. government data, and state officials attribute it to a lag in reporting by providers of the shots. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 12,164 people had ...

2 new COVID-19 deaths bring total to 34 in Douglas County; 57 new cases

Two more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s update on Wednesday. The two new deaths, which bring the total to 34, were two men older than 85 who had both been hospitalized at the time of death, health department spokesperson George ...

Kansas governor gets COVID-19 shot; GOP officials to wait

TOPEKA (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots while some top Republican officials passed, for now, because not all health care workers and nursing home residents have received theirs. Kelly designated herself and 10 other state ...

2 Kansas counties drop mask rules; arena hosts COVID-19 shots

TOPEKA — Two northeastern Kansas counties are backing off mask mandates they imposed last month as coronavirus cases surged, and officials set up a clinic in an arena in the state's largest city to vaccinate thousands of health care workers. Against the advice of public health officials, ...

Fate of $2,000 virus relief checks now rests with GOP-led Senate

Story updated at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday blocked Democrats' push to immediately bring President Donald Trump's demand for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks up for a vote, saying the chamber would “begin a process” to ...