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KDHE on coronavirus in Kansas, 29,717 cases, with 3 new deaths

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) — Dr. Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), held a news conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the latest coronavirus concerns in Kansas.

He said they continue to see sports with an increasing number of cases.

“We’re up to 63 cases,” Norman said. “Doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you compare the amount of summer sports, compared to what we’ll be facing in the fall and winter, it’s a lot less activity.”

He said health officials expected that outside sports might offer a natural protection because they are played in the open air.

“We’ve had them in essentially all lines of sport – softball baseball, soccer, wrestling, which is not a surprise there of course. So it points out the fact that one still has to pay attention, even though it’s an airy outdoor sport that it can still lead to the transmission of disease,” said Norman.

He also stressed the importance of wearing a mask. He said new data shows counties without a mask mandate haven’t seen a decrease in the number of cases per capita and the counties that have mandates have seen a decrease.

(Courtesy KDHE)

The number of Kansans who have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began has increased to 29,717. That is up 841 from Monday.

The number of Kansans who have died with COVID-19 is 368, up 3 from Monday.

The KDHE releases the updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It does not provide the number of recoveries vs the number of active cases. Some county health departments, like Sedgwick County, do include that information.

The KDHE tracks hospitalizations. By Wednesday at noon, it reported 1,821 Kansans have been hospitalized since the pandemic began. That is up 39 from Monday.

The KDHE also reports 279,001 Kansans have tested negative for COVID-19. That number is up 6,038 since Monday.

CountyConfirmed
Allen42
Anderson69
Atchison266
Barber5
Barton385
Bourbon160
Brown98
Butler892
Chase79
Chautauqua16
Cherokee453
Cheyenne53
Clark50
Clay49
Cloud64
Coffey111
Comanche10
Cowley348
Crawford975
Decatur14
Dickinson121
Doniphan95
Douglas1,983
Edwards44
Elk4
Ellis870
Ellsworth32
Finney1,935
Ford2,691
Franklin321
Geary394
Gove28
Graham30
Grant207
Gray105
Greeley8
Greenwood47
Hamilton44
Harper120
Harvey342
Haskell96
Hodgeman19
Jackson231
Jefferson176
Jewell15
Johnson10,462
Kearny82
Kingman78
Kiowa20
Labette228
Lane13
Leavenworth1,979
Lincoln12
Linn72
Logan9
Lyon974
Marion86
Marshall19
McPherson246
Meade107
Miami345
Mitchell44
Montgomery355
Morris31
Morton13
Nemaha90
Neosho135
Ness71
Norton29
Osage95
Osborne6
Ottawa50
Pawnee344
Phillips96
Pottawatomie226
Pratt67
Rawlins13
Reno1,024
Republic45
Rice70
Riley1,310
Rooks57
Rush50
Russell68
Saline636
Scott91
Sedgwick8,465
Seward1,456
Shawnee2,7-2
Sheridan14
Sherman27
Smith5
Stafford52
Stanton55
Stevens109
Sumner185
Thomas108
Trego31
Wabaunsee67
Wallace17
Washington16
Wichita6
Wilson58
Woodson19
Wyandotte6,822
Dundy County, NE11
Furnas County, NE34
Hitchcock County, NE4
Red Willow County, NE25
Beaver County, OK48
Harper County, OK26
Kay County, OK511
Texas County, OK1,425

County list updated: Sept 21, 2020
Sources:
Kansas Dept of Health and Environment

Nebraska Dept of Health & Human Services
Oklahoma State Dept of Health

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