Health

Douglas County reports 11 new COVID-19 cases; 391 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,581 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 11 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 8,190 out of the 8,581 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 391 cases are active. The county has ...

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Unified Command hosting virtual COVID-19 panel discussion Tuesday night

Douglas County's Unified Command will host its second virtual COVID-19 panel discussion surrounding the topics of testing, vaccination and equity at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The panelists are Jennifer Schrimsher, an infectious disease doctor at LMH Health; Ruaa Hassaballa, the COVID-19 testing equity ...

Daily meetings help LMH staff focus on patients’ safety

One way that LMH Health focuses on patient safety is by carving out a specific time each day for staff members from across the hospital to talk about it. This “safety huddle,” as hospital workers call it, happens each morning, and Patient Safety Officer Mardi Bowlin said it’s a way to ...

Nearly 17,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County

Updated at 4:20 p.m.Friday Data from four local health organizations showed that nearly 17,000 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 ...

Douglas County school virus guidance continues in green tier for second week

Douglas County’s school virus guidance will remain at its lowest tier for the second straight week as new cases of COVID-19 continue to fall. On Thursday, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced that its guidance to schools would stay in the green tier, which recommends that schools ...

Douglas County reports 28 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday; 500 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,533 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 28 cases since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 8,033 out of the 8,533 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 500 cases are active. The county has ...

LMH CEO gets large pay increase as hospital posts better financial results in 2020

The finances at LMH Health have improved, and now so too will the compensation package for its chief executive officer. The board of trustees for the nonprofit hospital and health system on Wednesday approved a 30% increase in compensation for LMH Health President and CEO Russ Johnson, as the ...

Douglas County reports 17 new COVID-19 cases; 504 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,505 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 17 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 8,001 out of the 8,505 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 504 cases are active. The county has ...

Second case of COVID-19 U.K. variant identified in Kansas

TOPEKA (AP) — A second case of a more-contagious coronavirus variant has been confirmed in Kansas, state health officials said Monday. The variant virus first detected in the United Kingdom was found in the Wichita area, the state Department of Health and Environment said in a news ...

Douglas County reports 66 new COVID-19 cases since Friday; 507 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,490 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 66 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 7,983 out of the 8,490 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 507 cases are active. The county has ...

After several heart surgeries, Lawrence woman finds strength and support

In 1974, 18-month-old Amy Karr had her first quadruple bypass heart surgery. This was just the first step of the journey for Karr, who is now the assistant manager of the LMH Health gift shop. Karr’s condition is called tetralogy of Fallot. It’s a rare heart condition that affects ...