Health

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase by 173 to 1,739; 717 cases are active

Douglas County has reported 1,739 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 173 cases since Friday. The county has averaged about 26 new cases per day over the last 14 days, according to a 14-day moving average graph updated weekdays by the health department. The current average of 26 ...

COVID-19 research at KU is exploring medicinal answers and beyond

Colleges and universities across the United States have been at the forefront of researching COVID-19 and how to treat it since before the pandemic took hold in March. At the University of Kansas, efforts are ongoing to find medical answers to fight the disease, but researchers are also ...

Best prostate cancer prognosis hinges on awareness, screening, lifestyle

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Shining a light on prostate cancer and the statistics behind the disease is important to raise awareness, increase education and emphasize the importance of age-appropriate health screening for men. Dr. Luke Huerter with LMH Oncology and Hematology ...

New public health order requires establishments to stop serving alcohol at 9 p.m.

Story updated at 5:51 p.m. Thursday: All Douglas County establishments that have liquor licenses will soon be required to stop serving alcohol after 9 p.m., according to an order from Douglas County's health officer, Dr. Thomas Marcellino. The order, which goes into effect Friday at 12:01 ...

Douglas County sees 9th death from COVID-19; total cases rise to 1,508

A ninth Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department’s update about the virus on Thursday. Previously, Douglas County announced that eight people — three residents in their 70s and five residents in their 80s — had died from COVID-19 or with the ...

Kansas disability services were supposed to get a boost, but the pandemic changed that

LAWRENCE — Cottonwood Incorporated in Lawrence helps about 75 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with jobs, assembling things like cargo straps for the federal government and medical kits. When the day is done, Cottonwood takes them back to their homes in the community. ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase by 53 to 1,473; 517 are active

Douglas County has reported 1,473 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday, an increase of 53 cases since Tuesday. Of the 1,473 cases, 956 are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. The county has averaged about 29 new cases per day over the ...

Kansas to begin releasing locations of some active COVID-19 outbreaks, Kelly says

Story updated at 5:37 p.m. Wednesday: One week from Wednesday, the state of Kansas will begin releasing the locations of some active COVID-19 outbreaks, according to a news release from the governor's office. Gov. Laura Kelly's office said that last week, Kansas saw its largest increase in ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 1,375; 465 are active

Douglas County has reported 1,375 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 72 cases since Friday. In Douglas County, 910 out of the 1,375 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. The county has averaged about 29 new cases ...

KU community works to adjust to new normal during COVID-19 pandemic

The campus of the University of Kansas looked and felt far different last week compared with the beginning of a normal fall semester. Students who hadn’t elected to take online-only classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic were masked, even outside. Some classes were held outside of their ...

Coronavirus pushes more people to ponder if they’re ready for death

When the coronavirus first became a big deal in Kansas back in March, elementary school music teacher Emily Boedeker’s life changed quickly. One day she was singing and laughing with the more than 300 kids that pass through her classroom in Lawrence every day. The next day, school was ...

Suicide prevention awareness: Stories of hope and resilience

Note: September is Suicide Awareness Prevention Month. Anyone struggling with thoughts of suicide should call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or (785) 841-2345. As soon as they received the text message, they knew. And in that moment, everything changed. Forever. I ...

Saliva is making it possible to quickly test tens of thousands of Kansans for coronavirus

LENEXA — One lab has helped seven Kansas universities test tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff for COVID-19 for the fall semester. And all anyone needed to do was spit. Saliva lab work has the potential to dramatically increase testing of asymptomatic Kansans with no known ...