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Kansas: Latest updates on Coronavirus

Sunflowers in a field in Kansas.
Sunflowers in a field in Kansas.
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Last updated on March 27 at 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. 

As of March 27, the state of Kansas is reporting 202 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and four deaths related to the disease, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). 3,229 negative tests have been reported by KPHE so far.

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The KDHE has estimated that COVID-19 infections in Kansas could double every three or four days and reach about 400 by April 1, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.

Governor Laura Kelly has not yet issued a state-wide stay-at-home directive, but has signed a state budget bill allocating $65 million to the coronavirus response in Kansas, the Capital-Journal reported. At least 10 counties have issued orders for their residents to stay home unless seeking essential services, like medical care or groceries, according to The Associated Press. The orders came into effect in the evening March 25 or morning March 26.  

Gov. Kelly issued four executive orders on March 23 covering evictions, trash services, driver’s license renewals and filing state tax returns within the state during this time, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal. She also announced her intent to limit all gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited in Kansas, and that the restriction applies to, but is not limited to, theaters, museums, conference centers, recreation and fitness centers and pools.

Starting on March 24, Douglas, Leavenworth, Johnson and Wyandotte counties instructed residents to stay home unless conducting "essential activities," such as grocery shopping, according to KCUR 89.3. More information on the mandate can be found here for Douglas county and here for the others. The mandate will be instituted for at least 30 days.

On March 18, KDHE issued a mandate that anyone who has traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (currently California, Florida, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15 must complete a 14-day home quarantine. This also applies to those who traveled internationally, took a cruise, or visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week prior to March 15 or after. 

Those who have been notified by public health officials (state or local) that they are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19 should also self-quarantine for 14 days. 

The governor has also prohibited utility and internet companies from disconnecting customers' service in the state of Kansas. 

On Sunday (March 15), Gov. Laura Kelly recommended that all public K-12 schools close for the next week so that administrators and teachers could develop a strategic plan for moving forward, according to a press release. Prior to that, on March 12, the governor issued a state of emergency declaration in response to COVID-19 cases.  And the Kansas Department of Health has requested that citizens who have traveled recently quarantine at home for 14 days.

The state's first death related to COVID-19 occured on March 12. The patient was a bed-bound man in his 70s living at the Life Care Center in Kansas City, Topeka news station KWCH reported

The KDHE phone number 1-866-534-3463 (1-866-KDHEINF) and email address, COVID-19@ks.gov, can be contacted for general inquiries. Please note these contact numbers cannot provide you with medical evaluations. If you are feeling ill, please stay home and call your healthcare provider.

Cases by county:

  • 1 case in Douglas and 2 cases in Crawford tested "presumptive positive" at a reference lab, but were not confirmed through the KDHE lab, so are included in the county numbers but not in the overall state total or demographics at this time.
  • Bourbon: 3
  • Butler: 3
  • Cherokee: 2
  • Coffey: 1
  • Crawford: 1
  • Doniphan: 1
  • Douglas: 14
  • Franklin: 1
  • Gove: 1
  • Harvey: 1
  • Jackson: 1
  • Jefferson: 1
  • Johnson: 66
  • Leavenworth: 12
  • Linn: 4
  • Lyon: 3
  • McPherson: 1
  • Mitchell: 2
  • Morris: 2 
  • Neosho: 1
  • Osage: 1
  • Ottawa: 1
  • Pottawatomie: 1
  • Reno: 5
  • Riley: 2
  • Sedgwick: 20
  • Shawnee: 5
  • Sumner: 1
  • Woodson: 1
  • Wyandotte: 43

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Originally published on Live Science

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