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Lessons for pandemic survival from those who’ve already lived it

These are challenging and scary times. It seems the landscape of our world changes faster than we have ever seen before. Sometimes within a day. Sometimes within a few hours. And yet, there are people in our community stepping up to care for and provide for the needs of those who need help. ...

What’s an essential business? It varies from place to place

The coronavirus pandemic is defining for the globe what’s “essential” and what things we really can’t do without, even though we might not need them for survival. Attempting to slow the spread of the virus, authorities in many places are determining what shops and services can remain ...

Amid pandemic, City of Eudora won’t collect late fees for utilities

As many people face economic hardship because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Eudora City Commission has agreed not to collect late fees added to delinquent city utility payments during the pandemic. The measure, which was approved on Monday, builds on a statewide order issued by Gov. Laura ...

Douglas County count of identified COVID-19 cases reaches 22

Story updated at 5:08 p.m. Saturday: Local health officials announced Saturday that 22 Douglas County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. The local cases involve one person in their late teens, eight people in their 20s, seven people in their 30s, two people ...

Kansas governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

Story updated at 5:09 p.m. Saturday TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such directives. Kansas ...

Missouri mobilizes National Guard in virus fight

St. Louis — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state’s National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to return to work. During a virtual press ...

Lawrence police officer tests positive for COVID-19

A Lawrence police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, the department said Friday. The officer first experienced symptoms late Tuesday and "immediately took steps to limit exposure to other persons," according to a news release from the Lawrence Police ...

Kansas coronavirus death toll grows to 4, with more than 200 cases

Story updated at 8:11 p.m. Friday TOPEKA — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four of the state's deaths ...

Douglas County crisis center receives $750K in state budget

The future Douglas County crisis center has the necessary funding for planning and construction costs. State lawmakers approved the county’s request for $750,000 to finish the center as part of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021, which Gov. Laura Kelly signed into law ...