Kansas coronavirus cases up to nearly 850, with 25 deaths

photo by: Associated Press

A woman wearing a mask exits a Costco store with her purchases Monday, April 6, 2020 in Lenexa, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

TOPEKA — Kansas reported 845 confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Monday, about a 100-case increase from the day before.

Twenty-five people have died from COVID-19 in the state as of Monday, up from 21 deaths on Sunday. At least 183 people have been hospitalized in Kansas.

While Johnson and Wyandotte counties in the Kansas City metro area have the vast majority of cases — a total of 398 — the virus outbreak has spread to 53 of the state’s 105 counties recording at least one case, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported. Sedgwick County, which includes Wichita, has 124 cases and is the only other county in the state with more than 100 cases.

The increase comes after Gov. Laura Kelly announced last week that the state would run out personal protective equipment for medical personnel and others dealing directly with the coronavirus pandemic by Tuesday.

The state has asked private companies to help restock its protective equipment supplies, but Kelly has strongly criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for what she called its lack of preparation to help states deal with the spreading pandemic.


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