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Kansas Department of Health & Environment reports 126 positive coronavirus cases in the state


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced additional cases of coronavirus.

Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary of the KDHE, announced there are 126 positive cases in the state with a third death. The state website listed 127 for a time but changed it to 126. The number is up from 98 cases on Tuesday. The numbers are scattered across the state.

“Once you get past 50 to 100 and above, then you get a little bit more ability of what the future will look like. The expectation for Kansas and really about anywhere experiencing this disease is that it will double, and it is forecasted to double about every three to four days,” said Dr. Norman. “So by the end of the month about 300 to 400 cases. By the 31st of this month that is where we will be.”

Dr. Norman said two more truckloads of personal protective equipment were received from FEMA for the state on Tuesday.

“We get requests all the time. Right now, we have 25 pages of requests from different counties from different healthcare organizations large and small,” Dr. Norman said.

As for testing, the state is using about 150 to 200 tests a day. Dr. Norman said there are still not enough testing materials, but they are getting replenished. He adds that healthcare workers and first responders are a priority, followed by a cluster of respiratory viruses, hospitalized patients with no diagnosis and people over 60.

“As we expand and get more testing capability whether it is on the commercial or stateside, we are going to want to do more population studies to see what the prevalence is out there. I’m certain it will be much less than 4.5% tests that we do because we will in people that aren’t symptomatic as well as people that are ill or mildly ill,” said Dr. Norman.

At the end of the conference, Dr. Norman said Kansans should continue to practice social distancing.

“We really need to take home isolation seriously whether or not there’s a declaration in place. Adults should not require declarations in place to follow advice. So we need to follow great advice of staying home and only going out if need be,” he added.

Positive cases

*Ford and Miami Counties reported
positive cases in out-of-state residents.

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