public health

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.


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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Operation Immunization, a partnership between the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy-Wichita and the United Way of the Plains, will provide free flu vaccinations next month.

The vaccinations will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. To be eligible, children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The 10th annual event hopes to aid people who are unemployed, uninsured or unable to afford vaccines as flu season approaches.

GARDEN CITY — As a nurse, Betsy Rodriquez interviews teenagers who are sexually active and often shockingly ignorant about sex.

A detainee at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Chase County, Kansas, has tested positive for mumps, and 22 other migrants may have been exposed.

ICE discovered the detainee with the mumps on June 18, then identified the others who came into contact with that person, said Shawn A. Neudauer, an ICE public affairs officer.

The 22 other detainees are not sick but have been “cohorted,” or separated from the general population, and will remain there until July 16, he said.

COFFEYVILLE — More than one in 10 kindergartners in Kansas in the 2017-2018 school year lacked at least some of the shots that the state requires to shield students against outbreaks of measles, whooping cough and more.

The state’s most recent annual report pegged the figure at 15%.

Oklahoma, Missouri, Colorado.

The national measles outbreak — numbering more than 1,000 cases so far — hasn't hit Kansas yet, but it has crept awfully close to home.

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A new report on the overall health of Kansas ranks Sedgwick County in the bottom fourth of the state.

The 2019 County Health Rankings Report helps counties understand how healthy their residents are and how long they will live by examining health data.

The report ranked 102 of the 105 counties in Kansas from healthiest to unhealthiest based on two broad categories: health factors and health outcomes.

For the 2019 Health Factors category, Sedgwick County ranked 87 of 102 for the second year in a row. In 2017, it ranked 79.

Lake Afton is closed to all water contact due to a blue-green algae outbreak.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health warning Friday for the upcoming weekend and next week. The warning is effective immediately for the entire lake.

Sedgwick County said in a news release that prohibited water contact includes swimming and water skiing. The county said fishing is permitted but fish kept for eating should be prepared using guidelines established by KDHE.

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Hunter Health Clinic is getting ready to move into a new, larger space on Grove Street in Wichita.