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Pat Gray gave up her crutches in 2006 and began using a wheelchair so that her arms would stay strong. (Photo by Anne Kniggendorf, Kansas News Service)
KCUR Radio Wednesday, January 6th, 2021

Eighty-year-old Pat Gray lost most of the use of her legs to the polio virus when she was just 12-years-old. Today, she's encouraging everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

A worker at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City prepares doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19 on Dec. 14. (Photo courtesy of Truman Medical Center)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Workers and residents at Kansas long-term care facilities have been approved to get vaccinated over the next three months. But families waiting anxiously to visit facility residents may not have easy access to their loved ones for several more months, at a minimum.

The number of COVID-19 deaths by day in Kansas. (Graph from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment)
Kansas News Service Friday, December 11th, 2020

Kansas coronavirus deaths accelerated in recent months.

Courtney Farr sleeps on his father's chest when he was a young boy, in 1979. (Photo submitted by Courtney Farr)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

The obituary for Dr. Marvin Farr says the science that guided his professional life as a veterinarian has been disparaged by many of the same people who depended on his knowledge to care for their animals.

Medical students and staff from the University of Missouri-Kansas City administer flu shots. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

Health officials are preparing to distribute coronavirus vaccines in Kansas.

Six insurers are offering 100 plans for 2021. (Photo by Chris Neil, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, December 7th, 2020

There are more options than ever before on the Kansas health insurance marketplace.

A health care worker in Kansas City, Missouri, in October. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Friday, December 4th, 2020

Large hospitals in Topeka and Kansas City are raising the minimum pay.

Samples undergo coronavirus testing at a lab that usually turns results within 24 hours. Nine months into the pandemic, dozens of Kansas nursing homes are still struggling with access to fast testing. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Nursing home workers still struggle to get tests and equipment to protect residents.

Dr. Jennifer McKenney, Wilson County health officer, in her office at the Fredonia Regional Medical Center. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and the politics that surround it have triggered an exodus of local public health workers in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that in the nine months since the state’s first documented coronavirus infection, 27 county health officials have left their posts. Some retired but others resigned or were fired.  

 Thanksgiving turkey just out of the oven. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Families are having to make hard decisions weighing tradition against safety during the pandemic. 

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