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1 dead, 25 sickened amid outbreak at Kansas nursing home

TOPEKA — Kansas coronavirus cases swelled nearly 15% in one day as an outbreak at a nursing home grew and officials urged people to stay away from each other to control the virus' spread. Health officials reported 552 cases in Kansas on Thursday, up from 482 a day earlier. Thirteen people ...

KU postpones spring commencement, implements hiring freeze amid COVID-19 pandemic

Updated at 12:03 p.m. Thursday The University of Kansas on Thursday announced it would postpone the annual spring commencement ceremony to a date in late summer or early fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the globe. The ceremony was originally scheduled for May 17, but ...

City extends deadline for residents to make sidewalk repairs

The City of Lawrence has extended the deadline for those who want to make or arrange their own sidewalk repairs. The city has extended the deadline to file self-repaired hazards from April 30 to May 31, according to a city news release. The release said that the deadline was extended to help ...

Missouri coronavirus cases spike; unclear if it’s a hot spot

O’FALLON, MO. — Coronavirus cases in Missouri are rising at an alarming rate, but health experts said Wednesday it’s too soon to know if the state is emerging as one of the next hot spots for the pandemic. Missouri has seen 1,581 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, according to the state ...

Douglas County will join initiative to help address chronic homelessness

Douglas County will soon begin crafting a tool to collect data on the local homeless community that will be used to fight chronic homelessness in the area. On Wednesday, the County Commission approved an agreement with Community Solutions to take part in the Built For Zero initiative. ...

30 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 so far

Local health officials announced Wednesday that 30 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, an increase of four from the previous day. The number of cases believed to have been contracted locally dropped from five to four since Lawrence-Douglas ...

Kansas showing signs of backsliding on social distancing, KDHE secretary says

Story updated at 4:06 p.m. Wednesday A movement tracking system available to state governments indicates that the Sunflower State regressed recently in its social distancing efforts, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman said Wednesday. The system, called Unacast, ...

County officials in Wichita vote to restrict abortion amid outbreak

Story updated at 4:18 p.m. Wednesday WICHITA — Officials in the Wichita area took what is likely to be an unsuccessful step toward halting abortions amid the coronavirus outbreak as the Kansas prison system reported its first cases in three workers. Sedgwick County commissioners voted ...

COVID-19 yet to hit Kansas budget; March taxes 1.6% short

TOPEKA — The coronavirus pandemic has yet to fully hit the Kansas state budget, with tax collections falling only $8.6 million short of expectations in March. The state Department of Revenue reported Wednesday that tax collections last month were $523.4 million when the state projected ...

Heartland Health offering curbside COVID-19 triage, accepting new patients

The Heartland Community Health Center is offering curbside COVID-19 triage, as well as accepting new patients for services such as primary care, emergency dental care and behavioral health care. Same-day appointments are available, as well as Telehealth appointments for patients who do not ...

City of Lawrence providing place to shower, wash clothes for those in need

The City of Lawrence will be allowing people in need to use the showers at the city's Outdoor Aquatic Center beginning Wednesday afternoon. The city said in an announcement that it would be opening the showers to help address the needs of all members of the community. The city previously had ...

Kansas prison system sees 1st coronavirus cases in 3 workers

TOPEKA — Three Kansas prison workers have contracted the coronavirus in the first cases reported in the state's prison system amid an outbreak that has one cash-strapped health system slashing pay. The Department of Corrections announced Tuesday night in a news release that the three ...

Douglas County count of identified COVID-19 cases reaches 26

Local health officials announced Tuesday that 26 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Prior to Tuesday, no new lab-confirmed cases of the disease had been identified in Douglas County residents since Saturday, when the cumulative count of cases ...

What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

Editor's note: This story has been updated on April 2 to reflect a reversal of decision by the IRS and Treasury. The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few weeks. The payments are part of the $2.2 trillion rescue ...