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KPR Staff Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

Blood supplies are running dangerously low in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, according to the Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. Residents of both states are urged to donate blood so area hospitals have a steady supply.

Finney County, as of Monday, ranked second behind Ford County for the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas.  (Photo by Angie Haflich, High Plains Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

Finney County residents are now able to get a haircut and work-out in a gym, despite a rapidly accelerating increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases. The Finney County Commission, acting as the county’s board of public health, decided to follow the state’s reopening plan, which allows hair and nail salons, barber shops and tattoo parlors to open for pre-scheduled appointments. Gyms and fitness centers are also allowed to reopen, but without access to locker rooms or group classes.

(A barber shop in downtown Wichita was closed May 14, as it was not part of Governor Laura Kelly's first wave of businesses that could reopen. It'll be allowed to resume haircuts on Monday, May 18. (Photo by Stephan Bisaha, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Friday, May 15th, 2020

Kansans won’t have to wait long to return to the gym or the barber shop, but your neighborhood bar and local movie theater will stay closed until further notice.  On Thursday, Governor Laura Kelly modified her reopening plan, citing a still-rising number of coronavirus cases.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she will ease stay-at-home orders using evidence-based data, but COVID-19 data used by the state omits many cases. (Photo from Mark Reinstein/Corbis via Getty Images and Kaiser Health News)
KCUR Radio Friday, May 15th, 2020

In a reversal of policy, Kansas leaders will now include asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in their assessments of virus trends as they evaluate when to take further steps to ease stay-at-home orders and other social distancing measures. The state had been omitting these cases from its data, painting an overly optimistic picture of the outbreak in Kansas.

A first-grader practices spelling at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence during a small-group phonics lesson in 2018. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Students will have spent five months out of the classroom because of the pandemic when they return in August. Researchers say some students may return to class in the fall with roughly 70 percent of the learning gains they would have received during a full school year.

A drive-through coronavirus testing center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Kansans are beginning to emerge from the stay-at-home isolation mandated by Governor Laura Kelly due to the coronavirus. State health officials say Kansas will need many more people tracking the path of the coronavirus if it hopes to keep the pandemic under control.  

Sherri Calderwood has worked at a Topeka diner for 21 years but a health condition has her afraid to return during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Tens of thousands of Kansas are eager to go back to work as businesses closed by COVID-19 gradually reopen. But for some, it could mean choosing between a paycheck and their health.  

Employees at the National Beef plant in Dodge City say they are afraid of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

More than 500 meatpacking plant workers in southwest Kansas have COVID-19 and two workers have died. Cases have been reported at National Beef, Cargill and Tyson processing plants..  

Face masks that Derby resident Melissa Dodge uses to protect herself at her grocery store job. Dodge has no health insurance. (Photo by Melissa Dodge)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Health insurance experts say that while the federal CARES Act shields uninsured patients from hospital charges, it won't protect them from bills charged by anesthetists or emergency department staff.

Central Care Cancer Center in Wichita. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 27th, 2020

Many people had to delay knee or hip replacements because of the pandemic, but cancer treatment has gone forward as it had before and Kansas hospitals have so far handled the influx of COVID-19 patients without too many issues.

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