Coronavirus in Kansas: 747 Confirmed Cases, 22 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says coronavirus cases in Kansas are now over 700. According to KDHE, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas is now at 747 with 22 deaths in the state. That’s an increase of 49 cases since the update at noon Saturday. It’s also the lowest number of new cases since last Monday, March 30, which also reported 49 new cases. There are currently 183 hospitalizations and 7,476 have tested negative statewide as of 12 p.m. Sunday. Wyandotte County reports 158 cases, and Johnson County reports the highest number of … Read More

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Rising Temperatures Expected Over the Next Three Days

Rising temperatures are forecast over the next several days. Highs on Tuesday will average around 80, but a few locations could reach the mid-80s. Cooler air will then overspread the area as we move into the latter half of the week. Tonight – Increasing clouds, with a low around 52. South southeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Monday – Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 75. South wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Monday Night – Mostly clear, with a low around 55. … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 698 Confirmed Cases, 21 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 698 positive cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths. The new numbers reflect three more deaths than on Friday. Positive cases are up 78 from Friday. The number of negative tests is now at 6,880. For more information about COVID-19 cases in the state, visit the KDHE website by clicking here.

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Hobby Lobby Temporarily Closing All Stores

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Hobby Lobby announced on Friday the company will temporarily close all stores and furlough nearly all store employees effective Friday. “As the country continues efforts to manage and mitigate the devastating health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus, Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 8 p.m,” the company said in a statement. The company said it will maintain medical, dental, life, and long-term disability benefits for furloughed employees through … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 622 Confirmed Cases, 17 Deaths

TOPEKA – There are now 622 cases of coronavirus in Kansas. That number now includes the first case in Greenwood County and another case in Reno County. Seventeen people have died from the virus in Kansas and 151 people have been hospitalized. It has now been four weeks since the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19. According to the latest numbers provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), patients ages 55-64 make up the most cases of COVID-19 in Kansas at 127, that’s followed by 45-54 (109) and 65-74 (106). According to the KDHE, 6,454 tests … Read More

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Walmart to Limit Customers in Stores Beginning Saturday

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart will limit how many customers come in their stores to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced in a statement Friday. Walmart employees will only allow five customers inside per 1,000 square feet of store space, or 20 percent of the stores’ capacities beginning Saturday. Customers would go inside one by one through a single entrance remaining open, according to a Walmart press release. Once the stores reach 20 percent capacity, customers will have to stand in line outside of the store while practicing social distancing. As one customer leaves, Walmart associates would allow the next … Read More

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Target to Limit Number of Customers in Stores Starting Saturday

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Target stores nationwide will limit the number of guests allowed at any one time starting on Saturday. The goal is to maintain social distancing and slow or stop the spread of COVID-19. “Target will monitor store traffic, and meter, or limit, the number of guests inside stores, when needed,” Target said in a written statement. “Occupancy limits will vary by location and be determined by the store’s specific square footage” Target said that customers would be provided with a designated waiting area outside of markers set up for social distancing. “Target will provide all team members in … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 552 Confirmed Cases, 13 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are now 552 cases of Coronavirus in the state, and deaths are up to 13. More than 6,000 tests have come back negative. Patients range in age from 0 to over 85 years old. Four children under the age of nine have tested positive for the virus and seven children from 10-19 years. Currently, in Kansas, the greatest age range testing positive for the disease is from age 20-44. The full KDHE report can be found by clicking here.

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Winter Weather Advisories Issued for Overnight Thursday into Friday Morning

Late season wintry precipitation expected late tonight into Friday morning… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM CDT FRIDAY… For the counties of: Russell, Lincoln, Barton, Ellsworth, Saline, Rice, McPherson, Marion, Chase. Including the cities of Russell, Lincoln, Sylvan Grove, Great Bend, Ellsworth, Wilson, Salina, Lyons, Sterling, McPherson, Hillsboro, Marion, Peabody, Cottonwood Falls, and Strong City * WHAT…Freezing drizzle and light freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations up to a tenth of an inch on elevated surfaces. Winds gusting as high as 30 mph. * WHERE…Russell, Lincoln, Barton and Ellsworth Counties. * WHEN…From midnight tonight … Read More

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Showers and Storms Possible Thursday Night; Much Cooler Friday; Hard Freeze Possible Early Saturday

A strong cold front will push southward across the region for late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night. An isolated strong or marginally severe storm will be possible across portions of south central Kansas from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., otherwise scattered showers and storms look to affect the region Thursday night. Much cooler air will spread across the region on Friday with light rain possible over southeast Kansas. A hard freeze is possible across mainly central Kansas for early Saturday morning. Thursday – A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 482 Confirmed Cases, 11 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are now 482 cases of Coronavirus in the state, and deaths are up to eleven. Nearly 5,500 tests have come back negative. A death was reported in Coffey County this morning, but has not been listed in KDHE’s official count, which remains at ten. The by-county tally is as follows: Johnson – 143 Wyandotte – 93 Sedgwick – 64 Douglas – 31 Shawnee – 18 Coffey – 16 Lyon – 12 Reno – 8 Franklin – 7 Montgomery – 6 Butler, Crawford, Linn, McPherson – 5 Riley – 4 … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 428 Confirmed Cases, 10 Deaths

TOPEKA – As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are 428 cases of Coronavirus in the state, and deaths are up to ten. Nearly 5,000 tests have come back negative. The county tally is as follows: Johnson – 135 Wyandotte – 79 Sedgwick – 58 Leavenworth, Douglas – 24 Shawnee – 17 Coffey – 14 Lyon – 10 Franklin, Reno – 7 Crawford, Linn, Montgomery – 5 Bourbon, Butler, Cherokee, McPherson, Osage – 3 Mitchell, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Stevens, Woodson – 2 Atchison, Barton, Chautauqua, Doniphan, Finney, Gove, Harvey, Jackson, Jefferson, Labette, Neosho, … Read More

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Coronavirus in Kansas: 368 Confirmed Cases, 8 Deaths

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says there are 368 cases of Coronavirus in the state, and deaths are up to eight. The latest death was reported in Crawford County in southeast Kansas. Health officials confirmed that a woman in her 40’s passed away at an ER. According to a statement released by the Crawford County Health Department, “COVID 19 testing was performed post-mortem and was positive.” They also broke down the counties with the virus: Atchison 1 Bourbon 3 Butler 3 Cherokee 2 Clay 1 Coffey 10 Crawford 5 Doniphan 1 Douglas 23 Finney 1 Franklin … Read More

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Kansas Governor Issues Statewide Stay-at-Home Order

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced on Saturday a statewide mandate stay-at-home order to stem the spread of coronavirus. Gov. Kelly said the order will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 30th and last through April 19th. The executive order clarifies that essential business can still operate. The stay-at-home order issued for Saline County on Friday and also goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. and is in effect for 30 days.

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 168

TOPEKA – The daily coronavirus update given by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) lists the positive number of coronavirus cases in the state at 168. Nearly 3,000 of the tests have come back negative. Johnson County has 59 cases, Wyandotte County has 34, Sedgwick County has 16, Douglas County has 13, Leavenworth County has 12, Linn, Reno and Shawnee Counties have four each, Butler, Crawford and Lyon have three, Cherokee, Mitchell and Morris have two each, and Bourbon, Doniphan, Franklin, Jackson, Neosho, Pottawatomie, Riley, Sumner and Woodson counties all have one case. One case in Douglas and … Read More

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Kansas Now at 126 Cases of Coronavirus; None in Saline County

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman announced in his press briefing Wednesday afternoon that the state now has 126 positive cases of the coronavirus. Norman said that about 4.5 percent of all tests conducted in the state have come up positive and expects the number of cases to double every three to four days, hitting the 400 mark by the end of the month. He said that he hopes the Shelter In Place/Stay at Home orders put into place by counties across the state will slow the spread of the virus. Because of the … Read More

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Walmart is Cutting Hours Starting Thursday at Stores Nationwide, Adding Senior Shopping Hour Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Beginning Thursday, stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours, Walmart said Wednesday night. From March 24 through April 28, Walmart’s 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open. In addition to limits on paper products, stores also will have limits on milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 21

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed there are now 21 positive coronavirus cases in the state. The were three new cases confirmed in a Wednesday afternoon press conference, one in Douglas County and two in Leavenworth County. Kansas coronavirus case tracker by county: Butler County: 1 Douglas County: 2 Ford County: 1* Franklin County: 1 Johnson County: 11 Leavenworth County: 2 Wyandotte County: 4 *The Ford County case involves someone who is not a resident of Kansas, so it is not counted in the state’s official tally.

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Kansas Temporarily Bars Foreclosures, Evictions

TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has signed an executive order temporarily prohibiting evictions and foreclosures across the state, in an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Governor Kelly says the steps are aimed at supporting Kansans who may miss mortgage or rent payments as a result of lost wages and other income. “We understand that this pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for people across the state,” Kelly said in a press release. “Kansas families need our support, and my administration is committed to doing everything it can to make sure Kansans can stay in their homes and businesses. … Read More

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UPDATE: Kansas Governor Orders All Schools Closed for Remainder of School Year

UPDATE: Kansas Governor Laura Kelly ordered all K-12 schools in Kansas to close for the remainder of the school year amid the coronavirus pandemic. “This situation has evolved rapidly and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” Gov. Kelly said. “The reality of this pandemic is that it cannot be controlled statewide if school buildings return to normal operations, or if they respond to inconsistently within our local communities.” Gov. Kelly made the announcement Tuesday, joined by Dr. Randy Watson, Commissioner for the Kansas State Department of Education who also addressed the situation. “The steps we’re announcing today … Read More

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KDHE Confirms 18 Kansas Coronavirus Cases

TOPEKA – According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and updates from Kansas counties on Tuesday afternoon, there are now 18 positive COVID-19 tests confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state as of March 17. Butler County: 1 Douglas County: 1 Ford County: 1* Franklin County: 1 Johnson County: 10 Wyandotte County: 4 *The Ford County case involves someone who is not a resident of Kansas, so it is not counted in the state’s official tally. Nationally According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 4,226 cases of COVID-19 and 75 deaths in the U.S. as of … Read More

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Kansas Coronavirus Cases Now at 17

TOPEKA – Health officials have confirmed more cases of coronavirus in three eastern Kansas Counties, bringing the total statewide to 17. Johnson County officials say they now have ten people that have tested presumptive positive for the coronavirus. On Tuesday morning, Johnson County officials posted on their website that two more people have tested presumptive positive, bringing the total number to ten for that county Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officials have also announced they have their first confirmed case of coronavirus. They say the victim is a man in his 20s who recently traveled from Florida. “Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health … Read More

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State Owned Casinos to Close Due to Coronavirus

TOPEKA – The Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission and the Kansas Lottery have announced they are closing state-owned casinos. According to a news release, the casinos will be closing after those agencies consulted with Gov. Laura Kelly. They will close at the end of business Tuesday. The only four forced to close are Hollywood Casino in Kansas City, Kansas Crossing in Pittsburg, Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, and Boot Hill Casino in Dodge City. “The health and safety of casino guests and employees is of the utmost importance. The Lottery understands the impact this decision will have on both players … Read More

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Johnson County Confirms Two More Cases of Coronavirus

JOHNSON COUNTY – There are now ten positive cases of coronavirus in Johnson County, according to a release from the county government. The two additional cases announced early Tuesday, March 17, brought the Kansas total up to 13. Ford County confirmed their first case of coronavirus later in the morning, bringing the Kansas total to 14. Johnson County officials will hold a news conference regarding the developing coronavirus situation in at 11 a.m on Tuesday.

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New Kansas Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Ford County

DODGE CITY – The first case of COVID-19 or coronavirus has been identified in Ford County. The county confirmed the case is in a person over 60 years old who traveled into Ford County. The person is being treated and their family is under quarantine. Ford County says they are continuing to track COVID-19. The county says if you are in need of COVID-19 testing because of active symptoms or recent travel, call your medical provider. The county says medical providers, Western Plains Medical Complex and Ford County Health have the ability to test for COVID-19. On Monday, the state … Read More

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