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.
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.
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