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Finney County EMS staffs three ambulances and is dedicating an additional ambulance for COVID-19 patients. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, Kansas News Service)
High Plains Pub... Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Emergency workers in Kansas are understandably concerned about their potential exposure to the coronavirus, especially as more COVID-19 cases are confirmed in their communities. Rural EMS agencies are already stretched thin and their emergency plans have been upended by the growing pandemic.

Map of Kansas counties showing where cases of COVID-19 have appeared. (Illustration by Robin Valenzuela)
Tom Parkinson Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Most of the COVID-19 cases are clustered in the eastern part of Kansas, in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. Isolated cases are also appearing in other parts of the state.

Stormont Vail Health is reducing pay for many employees during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Health care providers nationwide are trying to manage financial troubles that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the coronavirus spreads into rural areas, small hospitals are scrambling to buy ventilators and prepare. (Photo from Wilson Medical Center's Facebook page.)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Wilson Medical Center is a small hospital in southeast Kansas. This facility in Neodesha doesn’t have an intensive care unit, so hospital officials are planning to send patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms to larger, better-equipped facilities.

Health officials say if even two in five Kansas residents catch the virus, hospitals could run out of beds. (Image by the World Health Organization)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Most COVID-19 cases are mild but about 1 in 5 people get sick enough to need hospitalization. Without dramatic steps to free up beds, state officials say health care facilities could easily overflow.

Thousands of Kansans are out of work because of the coronavirus and they’re seeking unemployment benefits in record numbers. (Photo by
Kansas News Service Monday, March 30th, 2020

The spike in unemployment claims in Kansas surged from about 1,800 on March 14 to nearly 24,000 last week.

(Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Friday, March 27th, 2020

If the outbreak in Kansas turns out to be severe...or even moderate...the state's hospitals could be overloaded unless drastic measures are put in place.

Kansas News Service Thursday, March 26th, 2020

As volunteers and food donors stay home under quarantine restrictions, Kansas food pantries say the best way to help is with monetary contributions.

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman at a press conference Saturday, March 7, 2020, where he confirmed the first COVID-19 case recorded in Kansas. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Dr. Lee Norman says the number of coronavirus cases in Kansas more than doubled in less than a week and a half. Health officials say the numbers will continue to climb. 

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.


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