Health

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 ...

How KU’s reporting of COVID-19 testing data compares with other universities

Since Aug. 7, the University of Kansas has undertaken the massive logistical challenge of administering a mandatory saliva test for COVID-19 to every student, staff member and faculty member returning to campus for the fall semester. That effort has so far resulted in nearly 19,500 tests, ...

Health department removes two KU greek houses from quarantine list, adds another

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health announced Thursday that it was removing two greek houses at the University of Kansas from a list of nine under COVID-19 quarantine orders and adding another house to the list. Late Wednesday, the county released the names of nine houses, and a possible ...

Public health department issues quarantine orders for 9 greek houses at KU

Story updated at 9:28 p.m. Wednesday: Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health has issued quarantine orders for current residents of nine University of Kansas greek community chapter houses and is in the process of a 10th, according to a news release from the agency Wednesday evening. The ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 1,037; 233 remain active

Douglas County has reported 1,037 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 20 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 804 out of the 1,037 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. The county has averaged about 18 new cases ...