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Kansas hospital workers: Hope, purpose shadowed by COVID-19

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Steve Morgan spent part of Christmas morning as the chaplain on duty in a Wichita hospital comforting the family of a patient who died and said he knows from personal experience how a death on a holiday means "you'll always...

 

Oklahoma sees 2,631 coronavirus cases 13 deaths in two days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health authorities have reported more than 2,600 news cases of COVID-19 over the last two days as well as 13 more deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said th...

 

Kansas governor to receive COVID-19 vaccine shot Wednesday

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly plans to get a COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday as part of a larger plan to give shots to selected Kansas officials so that state government can continue to operate during the pandemic. The Democratic governor...

 

Kansas working through details of who gets vaccinated when

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is working through the details of exactly who will be eligible for coronavirus vaccines in exactly what order as it concentrates on giving shots mostly to health care workers this month. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly told...

 

Kansas governor to propose treatment center for inmates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly plans to propose creating a treatment center at Kansas' largest prison for inmates with substance abuse problems. Kelly said she plans to recommend adding a treatment center at the state prison in Lansing in...

 

Health leader expects 175,000 vaccinations by year's end

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials could begin vaccinating people in the second phase of the state's distribution plan as early as next week and expect nearly 175,000 high-risk Oklahomans to be vaccinated by the end of the year, the...

 

Oklahoma official: Second vaccine helps expedite delivery

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The arrival of doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine in Oklahoma week will expedite the state's effort to quickly deliver vaccinations because it doesn't require the same ultra-cold storage as the Pfizer shot, health...

 

Official: Hope, long road still ahead with COVID vaccines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say while the state has taken an important step with the start of vaccinations to combat the coronavirus pandemic, there is still "a long road ahead of us." Oklahoma has received all of its initial...

 

Sheriff of pandemic ravaged Kansas county dies of virus

QUINTER, Kan. (AP) — A sheriff in a northwestern Kansas county that has been hard-hit by the pandemic has died of the virus. The Gove County Sheriff's Office described Sheriff Allan Weber as an "extraordinary public servant" in a Facebook post Frid...

 

As COVID-19 cases surge, Oklahoma governor seeks visitors

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As new daily cases of the coronavirus have surged in Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt is starring in a promotional video encouraging people to visit. The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 4,970 new cases and 23...

 

As Covid-19 spreads in state prisons, inmate families protest poor conditions

An upset prison guard walked into Stephanie Avery's housing unit. Avery, a former Mabel Bassett Correctional Center inmate, says the officer pulled her mask below the chin, approached a group of...

 

About 2,200 virus vaccinations administered in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The more than 33,000 initial doses of the coronavirus vaccine sent to Oklahoma have now been delivered across the state and more than 2,200 people have been vaccinated with no significant side effects reported, deputy state...

 

As COVID vaccine becomes available, skepticism still exists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Even as a much-anticipated vaccine for the coronavirus is being distributed to front-line workers across Oklahoma, officials say there is still much skepticism about the vaccine, including among health care workers. An...

 

Kansans urged to stay vigilant against virus despite vaccine

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly and the Kansas' top health official said Tuesday they are relieved the state has begun distributing a coronavirus vaccine but they stressed that the public still needs to adhere to social distancing and other...

 

Hopeful sign: Midwestern states see drop in new virus cases

After a punishing fall that left hospitals struggling, some Midwestern states are seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases. But the signs of improvement are offset by the virus's accelerating spread on both coasts: In California, officials...

 

Kansas reports COVID-19 death surge amid 1st vaccine shots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — COVID-19 deaths have surged in Kansas in the past week and nearly every part of the state has lost people to the disease caused by the coronavirus, health statistics show. Kansas averaged a record 45 new reported COVID-19...

 

Coronavirus vaccine expected in Oklahoma during coming week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are expected as soon in Oklahoma during the coming week, perhaps by Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said following emergency approval of the vaccine by the...

 

Oklahoma reports 4,332 new coronavirus cases, 22 more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported 4,332 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday, and 22 more deaths linked to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said the new counts bring the...

 

ER nurse is 1st recipient of coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City emergency room nurse on Monday became the first person in the state to receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Hannah White, 31, laughed before the vaccination and again afterward as she hugged the person who inj...

 

Kansas won't provide personal data about vaccine recipients

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas does not plan to send personal information to the federal government about residents who receive coronavirus vaccines, though it has signed a data-use agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr....

 

Oklahoma revises vaccine plan with more doses expected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma health department has added paramedics, emergency medical technicians and CVS and Walgreens staff who will administer the COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities to those who will receive the vaccine first....

 

Probe: Kansas foster care provider falsified visit documents

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Employees of one of the largest foster care management providers in Kansas falsified documents to show visits with families that never took place, the state's child welfare agency said Friday. The Kansas Department for Children...

 

Rolling average of new Oklahoma virus cases dips below 3,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Tuesday reported nearly 2,300 new coronavirus cases while the trend of newly reported cases per day declined below 3,000 and the daily number of deaths rose. There were 2,297 new...

 

Tensions rise over masks as virus grips smaller US cities

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Arguments over mask requirements and other restrictions have turned ugly in recent days as the deadly coronavirus surge across the U.S. engulfs small and medium-size cities that once seemed safely removed from the outbreak. In...

 

Kansas sets tougher COVID-19 testing rules for nursing homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday imposed stronger coronavirus testing rules for several hundred state-licensed nursing homes that will have most of them testing their employees twice a week. The executive order on testing...

 

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