The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Saturday afternoon that there are now 261 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kansas, including five deaths.

In a news release from KDHE, the department said it continues to closely monitor an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified around the world, including in the United States.

The first case in the U.S. was announced Jan. 21.

In Kansas, KDHE announced there were several new positive cases today. Residents of other states tested in Kansas are counted in their residential state’s numbers by the CDC and are not included in Kansas numbers. Those are one positive from Oregon and one from Missouri, testing positive in Ford and Miami counties.

According to test results updated at 1 p.m. Saturday there have been 261 positive, including five deaths. In a break down per county: Bourbon 3, Butler 3, Cherokee 2, Clay 1, Coffey 5, Crawford 3, Doniphan 1, Douglas 23, Franklin 6, Gove 1, Harvey 1, Jackson 1, Jefferson 1, Johnson 80, Leavenworth 15, Linn 4, Lyon 4, McPherson 1, Mitchell 2, Morris 2, Neosho 1, Osage 1, Ottawa 1, Pottawatomie 1, Reno 5, Riley 1, Sedgwick 33, Shawnee 7, Sumner 1, Woodson 1 and Wyandotte 53.

In a breakdown of demographics of those affected: 127 females, 134 males between the ages of 7-95 with the median age 53.

As of Friday, there had been 3,671 negative tests in Kansas.

In KDHE’s response, on March 27, new guidance on quarantine recommendations for those who have traveled is available on the website at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus.

In addition, KDHE has created a toolkit of Kansas-specific guidance to help local public health departments engage with their community partners on COVID-19 planning at www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus. New information is added daily.

KDHE has staff monitoring phones 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at 1-866-534-3463 and an email for general inquiries at COVID-10@KS.gov. Please note contact numbers are for general questions and cannot provide anyone with medical evaluations.

Anyone who is feeling ill is advised to please stay home and call a healthcare provider.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.