Kansas watching for second U.K. variant COVID-19 case, governor & health secretary say


Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses the coronavirus pandemic from the Statehouse in Topeka. (AP File Photo/John Hanna)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating a possible second case of the U.K. variant of coronavirus in the state, according to the governor and health secretary.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Secretary Lee Norman gave an update Wednesday on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact to the state.

Last week, Kelly announced the state’s new “Find My Vaccine,” tool. At the conference she said 82 vaccine providers joined on at the launch, and another 25 have joined to be listed on the tool’s online map as of Wednesday. Next week, the governor said Kansas expects to receive 18,525 first doses and 18,525 second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The state will also get 27,800 first doses and 17,800 second doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Through federal coronavirus aid funds, the state government will also offer free COVID-19 testing through multiple sites through March, according to Kelly. Anyone in Kansas who wants to get tested can click here for a map of test sites.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman also joined the governor, and commented on the discovery of the new U.K. variant of the coronavirus appearing in a Fort Hays State University student athlete. Norman sent a KDHE strike team to the area to investigate, and they tested members of the university and the local community to check if the variant has spread.

Out of 196 tests from the variant investigation, only one person came back positive for COVID-19, according to Norman. That test is now being analyzed to determine if that person also has the U.K. variant.

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