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J. Schafer Monday, March 23rd, 2020

A “Stay at Home" order has been issued for Douglas County, effective Tuesday through April 23. It is similar to other "Stay at Home" orders taking effect at midnight for the Kansas City metro area, including Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties.

As of Thursday, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in Kansas prisons or jails. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 19th, 2020

As of Thursday, there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Kansas correctional facilities, but the state's prisons - and many county jails - have suspended in-person visits to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading. 

An image from the Centers for Disease Control fo what coronavirus looks like.
J. Schafer Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Kansas has recorded its first fatality associated with coronavirus.  The victim, a man in his 70s, lived at a long term care facility in Wyandotte County and suffered from underlying health issues.  Governor Laura Kelly held a nighttime news conference at the Kansas Statehouse to make the announcement.  Earlier in the day, she declared a state of emergency.  

Watson Library at the University of Kansas is the school's largest and oldest library.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, March 12th, 2020

University of Kansas students are on spring break this week, but they won't be attending classes on campus anytime soon. KU isn't closing its Lawrence campus, but it will be moving classes online due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Update: Kansas State University has now announced similar plans for keeping students off campus.

Calves at Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)
High Plains Pub... Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

The state of Kansas is leading an effort to create a system for tracing deadly diseases in live cattle.  

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman at a press conference Saturday, confirming the first known case of COVID-19 in Kansas. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

The Kansas response to the novel coronavirus is being led by Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Norman says Kansas is ahead of the curve when it comes to preparedness.

Officials with the Univerity of Kansas Hospital say a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has been admitted.  (Photo from KU Hospital)
KCUR Radio Monday, March 9th, 2020

The University of Kansas Hospital says it has admitted a patient with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

A student practices surgery techniques at Washburn Tech in Topeka. (Photo by Chris Neal / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

A new study indicates Kansas is among the five worst states in the nation for how often patients ran into out-of-network providers at their in-network hospitals in 2017. 

LMH Health, formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital, is a not-for-profit community hospital that's served Lawrence and the surrounding area for nearly a century.  (Photo by J. Schafer)
J. Schafer Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Lawrence's not-for-profit community hospital, LMH Health, is eliminating health insurance for some of its employees. By January, about three dozen part-time workers will no longer have access to health insurance through the hospital. In addition, they'll no longer be able to accrue PTO, or paid time off. The hospital is also changing employee retirement benefits. Why? Is the hospital running low on money? CEO Russ Johnson says no. Despite losing money this year, Johnson says LMH Health is on sound financial footing. Listen to KPR's two-part interview to learn more.

Hillsboro Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Kansas, about 50 miles north of Wichita, has kept its doors open through a receivership and bankruptcy. (Photo from Hillsboro Chamber)
Associated Press Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

A Kansas City company that specializes in turning around financially distressed-hospitals is seeking to purchase a rural central Kansas hospital that is in bankruptcy.

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