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How many known cases are in Kansas?

As of May 29, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 9,719 cases of COVID-19, and 208 deaths. The disease has been confirmed in 88 counties. KDHE gives a live update on its Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m.

More than 85,000 other people have tested negative for COVID-19. Kansas' rate of testing is among the lowest in the country.

Sedgwick County, which includes confirmed cases not finalized in KDHE's count, says as of May 31 it has 585 confirmed cases and 21 deaths. The county is also monitoring several clusters, including:

  • At a rehabilitation center in Clearwater, where 47 residents and 14 staff have tested positive for COVID-19
  • At the Chisholm Place memory care facility, where 32 residents and four staff have tested positive for COVID-19
  • At The Manor Nursing Home at Park West, where seven residents and two staff members have tested positive, and one resident has died from COVID-19

The U.S. has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 100,000 deaths. 

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — For the last two months, employees at Walnut Valley Packing in El Dorado have been working extra hours, even Saturdays, to cut, grind and package meat so it can keep up with a sudden spike in demand.

The Range | May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020
Nadya Faulx / KMUW

March 13: That's when Sedgwick County announced its first restriction on the size of public gatherings as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.


The stay-at-home order is being rolled back in Kansas, but the battle against COVID-19 continues. KMUW's Engage ICT convened a Digital Democracy on Tap on May 26, 2020, to address viewer questions and concerns. A panel of local experts discussed what it's like fight COVID-19 and what to expect as restrictions are loosened.


  • Michael Lowe, Medical Intensive Care Unit Manager
  • Dr. Rebecca Reddy, Pediatrician
  • Dr. Chloe Steinshouer, Pulmonologist

Here is the conversation:

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Sedgwick County is leaving the next COVID-19 recovery steps up to businesses and residents.

County commissioners decided Wednesday not to impose any additional restrictions on how and when the local economy continues to reopen.

Instead, the county is recommending — but not requiring — that the guidelines outlined in the state’s phased reopening plan continue.

At least eight lawsuits have now been filed against Riverbend Post-Acute Rehabilitation, the Kansas City, Kansas, nursing home where 132 patients and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36 have died.

Attorneys representing the nursing home on Tuesday transferred all eight cases to federal court in Kansas City, Kansas. They had originally been filed in Wyandotte County District Court.