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J. Schafer Friday, November 20th, 2020

As hospitals across the state fill up with COVID-19 patients, Governor Laura Kelly is urging all Kansans to mask up. This week, she issued an executive order requiring residents to do just that. Learn more about the governor's face mask mandate and how it affects you.

Stormont Vail Hospital & Trauma Center in Topeka. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service.)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

In Kansas, very sick patients who need an intensive care bed, are often stuck waiting for hours while their doctors try to find a hospital that can take them. But, the other hospitals throughout the region are also overcrowded.

A Wichita State University student sits in the school's student center. (Photo by Stephan Bisaha, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Health officials are worried that students headed home from college could make the recent dramatic surge in coronavirus transmission in Kansas even worse.

 A person gets their flu shot at a vaccine drive-thru in the Kansas City area last month. Drive-thrus like this are a popular way to get a flu shot amid the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Carlos Moreno / KCUR)
Kansas News Service Friday, November 6th, 2020

Far from waning, coronavirus has fed off of people’s impatience with face coverings and social distancing. ICUs are filling up. But health experts say that flu shots could help save beds for COVID-19 patients.

 A drive-through coronavirus testing center in Wichita. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

Kansas officials hope to ramp up coronavirus testing as case numbers rise.

The liquid-handling robots at CRL in Lenexa have been hard to get since the pandemic hit. They can work on saliva from dozens or even hundreds of people at once. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

A lab in Lenexa developed a COVID-19 test that's becoming widely used.

 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.

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