COVID-19

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democratic candidate for re-election in November, visited Sporting Kansas City's soccer facility before answering questions Thursday about the state's job recovery from COVID-19. Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt took exception to Kelly's claim the state restored 157,000 lost in the pandemic crash of March 2020. (Submitted)

Schmidt campaign kicks hole in Kelly’s narrative of full Kansas job recovery from COVID-19

BY: - August 12, 2022

GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt challenged Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's assertion Kansas regained 157,000 jobs lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dana Hawkinson, medical director infection prevention and control at the University of Kansas Health System, is hopeful efforts to inform people of preventive measures and vaccines available to treat monkeypox are ongoing. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from KU Health System on Facebook)

Kansas doctors stress need to stay vigilant as monkeypox becomes a public health emergency

BY: - August 5, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas doctors are hoping to combat misinformation and general fatigue toward infection control protocols as a new public health emergency emerges, this time for monkeypox. COVID-19 cases have leveled out the past few weeks in Kansas, and heat maps nationwide show similar trends, but the public health emergency remains with warnings about new […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 on July 27, 2022, in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Biden’s doctor announced Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will return to in-person work. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

BY: - July 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released […]

Steve Stites, chief medical officer for the University of Kansas Health System, said a lack of booster shots raises the possibility of a spike in COVID-19 cases this fall. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of University of Kansas Health System video)

Kansas doctors warn of lax approach to coronavirus variants

BY: - July 27, 2022

TOPEKA — Doctors with the University of Kansas Health System warn of a lack of preparation surrounding a COVID-19 subvariant driving rising case numbers. The BA.5 variant has led health care providers in eastern Kansas to report levels similar to surges seen with Delta and Omicron. Steve Stites, chief medical officer for the University of […]

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on COVID-19 on July 27, 2022, in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Biden’s doctor announced Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 and will return to in-person work. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Biden tests negative for COVID, announces he’s back to in-person work

BY: - July 27, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden held a celebratory speech in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, marking his return to the Oval Office less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19.  Biden used the event to encourage Americans to keep updated on their COVID-19 boosters, to test for the virus using the free rapid tests […]

President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production on March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Adam Schultz/official White House photo)

Biden: ‘I’m feeling much better than I sound’ after COVID diagnosis

BY: - July 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has begun using an albuterol inhaler intermittently to treat symptoms related to COVID-19, but is feeling well, according to White House officials and the president on Friday. “I’m feeling much better than I sound,” Biden said during a virtual meeting on gas prices with his economic advisers Friday afternoon. When […]

President-elect Joe Biden receives the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from chief nurse executive Ric Cuming on Jan. 11 at ChristianaCare Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Biden tests positive for COVID-19

BY: and - July 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House announced Thursday morning.  Biden, 79, is fully vaccinated against the virus and has twice received booster doses, according to the statement. He is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral prescription medication that is meant to reduce the severity of […]

A month removed from the vaccine receiving emergency use authorization for children younger than 5, doctors with the University of Kansas Health System say many pediatricians offices are running out of the shot. (Getty Images)

Early demand for under-5 COVID-19 vaccines promising amid rising case numbers, Kansas doctors say

BY: - July 18, 2022

TOPEKA — As COVID-19 case numbers approach levels not seen since February, Kansas doctors are encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated. A month removed from the vaccine receiving emergency use authorization for children younger than 5, Danielle Johnson, a clinical psychologist with the University of Kansas Health System, said many pediatricians’ offices are running […]

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Sen. Mark Steffen, R-Hutchinson, sent a letter encouraging Reno County commissioners to fire health department officials He spoke last year at the Freedom Revival in the Heartland at City Center Church in Lenexa. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator’s bullying of county health officials is the height of self-regarding delusion

BY: - July 7, 2022

Kansas Sen. Mark Steffen acts as though he’s the hero in his own story. In reality, he’s a single state legislator drunk on imagined power. The Hutchinson anesthesiologist’s high-on-his-own-supply tendencies have been apparent for a while now, but his latest posturing deserves special note. He decided to send a letter to the Reno County health […]

Republican Sen. Mark Steffen said Reno County’s top health officials, Karla Nichols and Karen Hammersmith, should resign or be fired for encouraging COVID-19 vaccines for children under five years of age. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas senator seeks dismissal of county health officers over COVID-19 vaccines for children

BY: - July 6, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas Sen. Mark Steffen is calling for the top health officials in Reno County to resign or be fired for offering COVID-19 vaccines to young children. In a June email to the county health department, the Hutchinson Republican, one of the most vocal legislators speaking out against the safe and effective vaccines, urged […]

Rural Kincaid resident Arlyn Briggs, a Republican candidate for Kansas governor, said his recent legal problems would blow over. He's for term limits and won't take a salary if elected governor. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Allen County Jail photograph)

Kansas GOP governor candidate arrested on felony charge plunges ahead with campaign

BY: - June 27, 2022

Campaign for Republican Party's nomination for Kansas governor features Attorney General Derek Schmidt and recently arrested Kincaid resident Arlyn Briggs.

Blake Flanders, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, said officials at Emporia State University were contemplating use of a special policy for suspending or terminating employees in response to budget challenges. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature's YouTube channel)

Kansas Board of Regents extends deadline for university action on employee dismissal policy

BY: - June 23, 2022

Kansas Board of Regents grants state university officials until Dec. 31 to implement policy on dismissal of campus employees, including tenured professors.