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Organizers cancel annual Vinland Fair because of pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic accomplished what two world wars, the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 couldn’t do: lead organizers of the Vinland Fair to cancel the annual three-day event. The board of the Vinland Fair announced the cancellation on its website, ...

Lawrence’s Veterans Day Parade canceled months in advance because of COVID-19

The 2020 Veterans Day Parade — scheduled for Nov. 7 — has been canceled, the Lawrence Veterans Day Parade Association announced in a Friday press release. The statement says the board of directors determined that the "current and ongoing public health emergency creates unavoidable risks ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 635; 86 remain active

Douglas County has reported 635 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of five cases since Wednesday. In Douglas County, 549 out of the 635 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. One patient at Lawrence’s hospital had ...

Wet start to week brings 1.5 inches of rain; Douglas County under flash flood watch

Off-and-on rain this week has brought about 1.5 inches of rain to Lawrence, according to records at the Lawrence Municipal Airport. Brandon Drake, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Topeka, said 1.56 inches of rain was recorded at the airport as of Thursday around 7 a.m. He ...

One new death in county due to COVID-19, raising total to three

A third Douglas County resident has died from COVID-19, according to the health department's Wednesday update about the virus. Last week, Douglas County announced that two people — a male resident in his 70s and a male resident in his 80s — had died from COVID-19 or with the virus as a ...

The right way to wear a disposable mask — and other facts about masks

Does the white side of a disposable mask face outward, or toward the wearer? How often should a cloth mask be washed? How protective are bandanas? Nicole Parker, a public health nurse at Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, answered these mask questions and more on Tuesday morning. Since ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 614; 94 remain active

Douglas County has reported 614 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of six cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 520 out of the 614 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Four patients at Lawrence’s hospital had ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 608; 112 remain active

Douglas County has reported 608 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 20 cases since 1 p.m. Friday. In Douglas County, 496 out of the 608 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Four patients at Lawrence’s hospital had ...

Douglas County has now reported 588 cases of COVID-19

Douglas County has reported 588 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday, an increase of 27 cases since 2 p.m. Thursday. In Douglas County, 483 out of the 588 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Three patients at Lawrence’s hospital ...

Trump gives former Olympian, Kansas congressman the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Updated at 12:06 p.m. Friday WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday presented one of the nation's highest civilian honors to Jim Ryun, a former Republican congressman and the first U.S. high schooler to break the 4-minute barrier in running the mile. Ryun, a University of Kansas ...

COVID-19 cases in Douglas County increase to 536; 143 remain active

Douglas County has reported 536 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday, an increase of 10 cases since Monday. In Douglas County, 393 out of the 536 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health. Three patients at Lawrence’s hospital had ...