Coronavirus

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Testing for the coronavirus in Kansas has so far been done at the state level, but health leaders say that could change in a few weeks.

Update: 2:30 p.m. Monday 

Kansas’ single confirmed coronavirus patient has been admitted to the University of Kansas Health Systems hospital.

The Johnson County woman, who was announced to have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Saturday, was admitted to the Kansas City, Kansas, hospital after self-isolating at home.

This story was updated at 7 p.m., March 7.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas has its first case of the new coronavirus, officials announced Saturday. 

The Johnson County woman infected with the virus appears to have contracted her illness while traveling in the northeastern United States, state and local public health officials said at a Statehouse news conference early Saturday evening. She was tested earlier this week for COVID-19. 

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Kansas health officials are monitoring up to a dozen people a day for the possibility that they have the new coronavirus and the state health department now can do its own testing, the department’s top official said Wednesday.

As the community spread of the coronavirus appears to be accelerating in Seattle and other parts of the United States, Kansas City civic leaders and health experts insist the area is prepared for the problem.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and health department head Rex Archer met with police and fire departments and local health providers on Tuesday to coordinate their efforts and encourage local residents to take steps as well.

Sedgwick County

The Sedgwick County Health Department is stepping up its public awareness campaign on the coronavirus and offering tips to prevent infection.

County Health Director Adrienne Byrne says most people in the Wichita region are at low risk for infection from the coronavirus, which leads to the COVID-19 disease. There are no confirmed cases in Kansas or Sedgwick County yet.

Kansas and Missouri are at low risk for the coronavirus, but schools in the Kansas City metro are having “robust conversations” about how to protect students in case an outbreak occurs in the U.S. 

Their solutions include teleschool, a way to disinfect a whole classroom at a time and the old standby: If you’re sick, stay home.

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Officials with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) say a Douglas County resident is under investigation for potential exposure to the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Specimens were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing and officials expect to receive results later this week.

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With the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic changing rapidly, we’re compiling news and information here about COVID-19. For more community updates, reopening plans and public health orders, check out our COVID-19 Resource Center.

How many known cases are in Kansas?

As of Jan. 18, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 259,822 cases of COVID-19 (+3,688 since last report) and 3,525 deaths (+23). The two-week positive test rate is 10.7%. KDHE gives a live update on its Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m.

More than 853,000 other people have tested negative for COVID-19. 

Sedgwick County, which includes confirmed cases not finalized in KDHE's count, says as of Jan. 18 there have been 37,266 confirmed cases (+82 since last report) and 340 deaths (no change). The positive test rate is 10.9%. The county no longer reports active cases or recoveries. 

The U.S. has had more than 23.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 397,000 deaths. 

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