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 Photo illustration by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service
Kansas News Service Friday, October 9th, 2020

Blood tests show few Kansans have antibodies for the coronavirus.

Saliva sample tube used in an existing COVID-19 test that must be sent to a lab.  KU researchers are developing a new test that can be taken at home, providing results in 15 minutes. (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

University of Kansas Professor Steven Soper is leading an effort to develop a quick-turnaround COVID-19 test that can be used at home. Soper says the saliva-based test is designed to provide results in around 15 minutes.

Service A new report from the RAND Corporation tries to shed light on prices negotiated between hospitals and private insurance. ( Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, September 28th, 2020

A project started by employers in Indiana who wanted to compare costs among hospitals has grown to include 49 states. Hospitals dispute their findings.  

Henry Crawford demonstrates to Wallace County schoolkids during a field trip in September how to load the antique cartridges once used for buffalo hunting on the Kansas plains. (Photo by Esther Honig)
Kansas News Service Monday, September 21st, 2020

Wallace County was one of the last counties to have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Brewster Place Brewster Place in Topeka is grateful to have a coronavirus testing machine that allows on-site testing. But staff worry the device might not be able to handle running 200 samples a week for very long. (Photo submitted by Joe Ewert)
Kansas News Service Friday, September 18th, 2020

Kansas nursing homes are still waiting for federal coronavirus testing equipment.

A photo illustration shows medical-grade gloves and a surgical mask. Federal inspectors found a Kansas City, Kans., nursing home's poor use of protective gear put residents at risk. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

A federal report says a Kansas nursing home didn't do enough to control the coronavirus. 

KU employees and students use kits like this one to provide their saliva samples for COVID-19 testing. (Photo by J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 28th, 2020

State officials hope two labs in Johnson County could help Kansas boost its testing capacity dramatically for schools, nursing homes and asymptomatic people.  

A window in Humboldt. (Photo by Jeff Tuttle, The Journal)
Kansas News Service Friday, August 28th, 2020

A Kansas town is working to fight the decline impacting many small communities.

Students at Gloria Willis Middle School in Kansas City, Kansas, go through the lunch line. The pandemic has underscored the importance of the National School Lunch Program and other federal revenue streams for schools. (Photo by Elle Moxley, KCUR)
KCUR Radio Friday, August 28th, 2020

Schools rely on accurate census count to fund vital programs for vulnerable students but the pandemic … and politics … are impacting census response rates and putting some programs in peril. 

When nurse's aides from Brewster Place in Topeka get tested for COVID-19, sometimes it just takes a day or two. Other times, it takes a week. Kansas nursing homes need reliably fast and affordable access to testing. (Photo submitted by Janis Swanson)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

There still isn't enough testing available as coronavirus outbreaks hit dozens of Kansas nursing homes.


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