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A first-grader practices spelling at Broken Arrow Elementary in Lawrence during a small-group phonics lesson in 2018. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Students will have spent five months out of the classroom because of the pandemic when they return in August. Researchers say some students may return to class in the fall with roughly 70 percent of the learning gains they would have received during a full school year.

A drive-through coronavirus testing center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Kansans are beginning to emerge from the stay-at-home isolation mandated by Governor Laura Kelly due to the coronavirus. State health officials say Kansas will need many more people tracking the path of the coronavirus if it hopes to keep the pandemic under control.  

Sherri Calderwood has worked at a Topeka diner for 21 years but a health condition has her afraid to return during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

Tens of thousands of Kansas are eager to go back to work as businesses closed by COVID-19 gradually reopen. But for some, it could mean choosing between a paycheck and their health.  

Employees at the National Beef plant in Dodge City say they are afraid of being infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

More than 500 meatpacking plant workers in southwest Kansas have COVID-19 and two workers have died. Cases have been reported at National Beef, Cargill and Tyson processing plants..  

Face masks that Derby resident Melissa Dodge uses to protect herself at her grocery store job. Dodge has no health insurance. (Photo by Melissa Dodge)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Health insurance experts say that while the federal CARES Act shields uninsured patients from hospital charges, it won't protect them from bills charged by anesthetists or emergency department staff.

Central Care Cancer Center in Wichita. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 27th, 2020

Many people had to delay knee or hip replacements because of the pandemic, but cancer treatment has gone forward as it had before and Kansas hospitals have so far handled the influx of COVID-19 patients without too many issues.

 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. 

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