44 positive cases of coronavirus in Kansas, Kansas Department of Health and Environment says


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday there are now 44 positive cases of COVID-19 in Kansas. This is up 10 from Thursday.

Immediately after KDHE’s news conference, the Riley County Health Department announced its first case of COVID-19. However, KDHE isn’t yet reporting that case.

KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said 23 of those cases are in Johnson County and nine are in Wyandotte. A breakdown of numbers can be found here. Johnson County is the only county that has “community transmission.” Dr. Norman said this means there’s less of a need to do testing because they know it’s the coronavirus and it would be a bad use of resources.

Dr. Norman added that while the state has a low amount of test kits left, this is not a problem unique to Kansas. The state does 150-200 tests a day. Dr. Norman said KDHE is trying to plan ahead in case the state runs out of hospital beds, ventilators and other critical supplies.

KDHE is still recommending that those who have traveled to high-risk areas self-quarantine.

Dr. Norman said two weeks ago there was a slow accumulation of cases of COVID-19, but we are now seeing a jump of 10 cases a day, and he expects to see this trajectory continue.

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