Health

Lawrence-area first responders not changing protocol for medical calls right now

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical first responders are currently following the same protocol they normally do, Tom Fagan, division chief of administration, said Thursday. As concerns of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, spread, Fagan told the Journal-World that LDCFM’s responders ...

Baker University adjusting class schedules as virus concerns mount

Baldwin City-based Baker University is now among the universities changing class schedules in response to coronavirus concerns. Baker already was scheduled to be on spring break from March 16 to March 20. But instead of resuming normal classes after spring break, the university will teach ...

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office: Jail can accommodate quarantine, if needed

The Douglas County Jail is equipped to handle individuals who need medical quarantine, according to the sheriff’s office. As gatherings of people are being canceled across the country amid fears of COVID-19, the Journal-World inquired Tuesday about what protocol is in place for screening ...

Lawrence Public Schools to resume classes Monday amid virus cancellations

UPDATED STORY: Douglas County health department prohibits large gatherings, orders 2-week closure of schools, rec centers, libraries Lawrence Superintendent Anthony Lewis said in a Thursday message to parents and guardians that the school district would resume classes Monday. But Lewis ...

No March Madness: NCAA cancels national championship tournaments

Story updated at 5:53 p.m. Thursday The NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments on Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned. The unprecedented move comes a day after the NCAA ...

Plans for keeping KU’s open campus sanitary during pandemic not yet finalized

One day after extending its spring break by a week and telling faculty to adopt online learning materials — while keeping the campus open — in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Kansas has yet to finalize answers as to how it will keep its open facilities sanitary and ...

KU says all home and away athletic events canceled indefinitely

University of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement Thursday that all athletic-related travel is canceled indefinitely, and home and away athletic events have been suspended in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The statement came shortly after all NCAA conference basketball ...

Haskell extends spring break by a week, plans for online courses

Haskell Indian Nations University is joining the University of Kansas and other universities across the country in delaying the start of classes following spring break in the midst of a worldwide virus pandemic. Haskell's spring break, which was set to end Monday, March 16, will now be ...

Kansas officials announce first coronavirus death; governor declares emergency

Story updated at 8:55 p.m. Thursday Topeka — Kansas has seen its first COVID-19 death, a man in his 70s who lived in a nursing home in the Kansas City, Kan., area, state health officials announced Thursday. The Wyandotte County man’s case had been the fifth confirmed novel coronavirus ...

Kansas City bans all public events with more than 1,000 people

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 attendees as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade ...

States race to control virus by banning large events, as experts warn of worse ahead

Story updated at 4:37.m. Wednesday SEATTLE — Undertaking the most sweeping efforts yet to contain the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, authorities banned large gatherings in the hard-hit Seattle area and San Francisco and closed Seattle's schools Wednesday, while the NCAA announced it will ...