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Thank you all for your listenership and support for KPR as we navigate through this challenging time in our nation and our community. As the world around is changing - daily - we have determined that it is in the best interest of our community to suspend the Spring Membership Drive.

Map of Kansas counties showing where cases of COVID-19 have appeared. (Illustration by Robin Valenzuela)

Most of the COVID-19 cases are clustered in the eastern part of Kansas in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. Isolated cases are also appearing in other northeastern counties as well as in central, southeast and some western Kansas counties.

Here are the headlines for our area, as compiled by KPR news staffers.  Check back for updates throughout the day.

Finney County EMS staffs three ambulances and is dedicating an additional ambulance for COVID-19 patients. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, Kansas News Service)

Emergency workers across Kansas are worried as COVID-19 cases are being confirmed in their communities. Rural EMS agencies are already stretched thin and their emergency plans did not account for an unexpected pandemic.

Stormont Vail Health is reducing pay for many employees during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)

Health care providers nationwide are trying to manage financial troubles that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus spreads into rural areas, small hospitals are scrambling to buy ventilators and prepare. (Photo from Wilson Medical Center's Facebook page.)

Wilson Medical Center is a small hospital in southeast Kansas. This facility in Neodesha doesn’t have an intensive care unit, so hospital officials are planning to send patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms to larger, better-equipped facilities.

KPR has put together this handy one-stop spot to help you get the information you need during the coronavirus crisis. 

Robert Ludlum, who passed away in 2001, was the author of 27 best-selling novels including the Jason Bourne series. On this edition of Conversations, Joshua Hood talks about his new novel inspired by Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne universe, The Treadstone Resurrection.

We have no news headlines today. Just foolin'. Here are the headlines for our area on this April 1, 2020, as compiled by KPR news staffers.

Health officials say if even two in five Kansas residents catch the virus, hospitals could run out of beds. (Image by the World Health Organization)

Most COVID-19 cases are mild but about 1 in 5 people get sick enough to need hospitalization. Without dramatic steps to free up beds, state officials say health care facilities could easily overflow.

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