Health

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 ...

One new COVID-19 death brings county total to 71

One more Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the local health department’s update about the virus on Thursday, bringing the county's death toll to 71. According to the health department's dashboard, there have been 32 deaths in the 85-plus age range, 21 deaths in the ...

Walmart, Dillons to administer COVID-19 vaccines in Lawrence

Two local in-store pharmacies have been selected to participate in a federal COVID-19 vaccine distribution program. Walmart pharmacies, including the one on Congressional Drive in Lawrence, and Dillons Food Stores pharmacies, including the one on 23rd and Naismith, were selected as ...

Want to get a heart scan? Cardiologist shares some tips

On Sunday, the Journal-World ran a story about a woman whose dramatic heart attack at age 46 inspired over 80 people to get their hearts scanned. In the story, Angie Loving, who survived a widowmaker heart attack, encouraged the public to get their hearts scanned. To find out the best way to ...

Douglas County reports 36 new COVID-19 cases; 628 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,382 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 36 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 7,754 out of the 8,382 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 628 cases are active. The county has ...

Four new COVID-19 deaths bring total to 70; 48 new cases over weekend

Four more Douglas County residents have died from COVID-19, according to the local health department’s update about the virus on Monday. The new deaths, which bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the county to 70, were a man and a woman in the 85-plus age range, a man in the 75 ...

LMH focuses on health equity efforts

February is Black History Month, and in honor of the occasion, LMH Health is focusing on health equity and acknowledging its role as a health care provider in reducing racial disparities and fighting bias. What is health equity? Health equity has been an important consideration for LMH ...