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 National Beef has a meatpacking plant in Liberal, Kansas, which is in Seward County. (Photo by Bethany Wood for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 24th, 2020

Two western Kansas counties have some of the highest counts of the coronavirus in the state.

Wyandotte County has the most cases of the coronavirus in Kansas, and nearly half of the virus-related deaths are black individuals. (Photo by Julie Denesha for the Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Black Kansans are seven times as likely to die from the coronavirus, a trend found across the country.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. (Photo: Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Kansas officials say the state needs to ramp up testing for the coronavirus before businesses can reopen but Kansas is the worst state in the U.S. when it comes to being able to get tested.    

Meat on sale at a grocery store in Garden City.  Four large meatpacking plants employ thousands of workers in southwest Kansas. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Saturday, April 18th, 2020

The continuing spread of COVID-19 among workers who slaughter livestock and package meat poses a growing threat to keeping the industry’s plants in operation.  Already, the coronavirus temporarily shut down a pork-processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a beef-packing facility in Greeley, Colorado.  In Ford County, in southwestern Kansas, the number of COVID-19 cases at the start of the week was fewer than 20, but by Saturday, the number had climbed to 107. 

Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka is among those preparing for the worst when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Many hospitals don't publish patient numbers related to the coronavirus.

Classrooms and student dorms across Kansas have emptied out ever since classes moved online at state universities weeks ago. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepson, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Universities in Kansas have moved classes online for the rest of the school year and many have pushed graduation ceremonies to the Internet or canceled or postponed them altogether. 

J. Schafer Monday, April 13th, 2020

The University of Kansas Medical Center will participate in a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in preventing COVID-19 infection in exposed health care workers.

Finney County EMS staffs only three ambulances to deal with a growing number of COVID-19 patients. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 13th, 2020

Finney County and three neighboring western Kansas counties have only 26 ICU beds. That means ambulance crews are making more long trips to hospitals in larger cities.

White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 6th, 2020

Efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus mean limits to the size of funerals.

A drive-through testing facility in Lawrence. (Photo by J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Doctor’s offices and hospitals say access to coronavirus testing has improved in Kansas, but still remains out of reach for many people.

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