Kansas sees 4 more virus deaths, 162 new cases since Monday

photo by: Associated Press

Dr. Lee Norman, head of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference, Friday, May 8, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas on Wednesday confirmed four more deaths as a result of COVID-19 and 162 new cases statewide since Monday, when the state Department of Health and Environment last released data on the spread of the respiratory virus.

The new cases bring Kansas’ cumulative case total to 10,812 since the beginning of the pandemic, with 240 deaths. KDHE also confirmed an additional 18 hospitalizations related to the virus across the state since Monday.

Between Monday and Wednesday, KDHE received data from 4,233 total COVID-19 tests, which meant that only 3.8% of patients received a positive test result in the latest round of testing. That rate is down from 4.4% during the previous period from Friday to Monday. Overall, Kansans tested for the virus have tested positive at an 8.8% rate.

The median age for COVID-19 cases in Kansas is 41, though Kansas has confirmed cases in patients ranging from 2 months old to 103 years old, according to KDHE.

Gov. Laura Kelly and KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman will next speak publicly about COVID-19 developments at 4 p.m. Thursday. Those press conferences can be streamed live on Kelly’s official Facebook page.


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