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Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka is among those preparing for the worst when it comes to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Many hospitals don't publish patient numbers related to the coronavirus.

Classrooms and student dorms across Kansas have emptied out ever since classes moved online at state universities weeks ago. (Photo by Celia Llopis-Jepson, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

Universities in Kansas have moved classes online for the rest of the school year and many have pushed graduation ceremonies to the Internet or canceled or postponed them altogether. 

J. Schafer Monday, April 13th, 2020

The University of Kansas Medical Center will participate in a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in preventing COVID-19 infection in exposed health care workers.

Finney County EMS staffs only three ambulances to deal with a growing number of COVID-19 patients. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 13th, 2020

Finney County and three neighboring western Kansas counties have only 26 ICU beds. That means ambulance crews are making more long trips to hospitals in larger cities.

White Chapel Cemetery in Wichita. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, April 6th, 2020

Efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus mean limits to the size of funerals.

A drive-through testing facility in Lawrence. (Photo by J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio)
Kansas News Service Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Doctor’s offices and hospitals say access to coronavirus testing has improved in Kansas, but still remains out of reach for many people.

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.

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