Kansas sets records for increases in COVID-19 cases, deaths
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/KAKE) — Kansas on Wednesday reported its largest seven-day increases in both COVID-19-related deaths and new coronavirus cases.
The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 67 deaths since only Monday, an increase of 8.7%, to bring the total for the pandemic to 838. But it wasn't clear how many of those fatalities were older and just being reported now as local and state health officials examine death certificates from previous months.
According to the KDHE coronavirus dashboard, one of the new recorded deaths is attributed to a cluster at a school. The dashboard does not indicate any other information surrounding the death.
The state also said it had 1,293 new confirmed or probable cases over two days, a 1.9% increase that brought the total for the pandemic to 69,155.
The state averaged 743 new cases a day for the seven days ending Wednesday, surpassing the record of 736 set for the seven days ending Monday. Since October began, the health department has updated its coronavirus figures six times, and for five of its reports, the state has averaged 600 or more new cases a day over a seven-day period.
State health officials worry that hospitals will come under increasing stress from the pandemic as it continues alongside the state's normal flu season.
Sedgwick County said County Commissioner Jim Howell tested positive and was isolating himself at home.