Health

Kelly recommends mask policies, COVID testing and community partnerships for Kansas schools

BY: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — New guidance Friday from Gov. Laura Kelly ahead of the start of classes recommends schools actively plan vaccination clinics, implement universal masking policies and create a robust testing plan for faculty and students. The updated guidance also requests that students in classrooms and school other settings maintain 3 feet of physical distance, but […]

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined with four other Kansas Republican members of Congress to endorse a legal brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision of 1973. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas congressional delegation’s five Republicans join effort to overturn Roe v. Wade

BY: - July 30, 2021

Five of six Kansas members of Congress endorse legal brief outlining why U.S. Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade abortion decision.

Kansas shelters grapple with capacity crisis as pandemic-related pet returns increase

BY: - July 30, 2021

TOPEKA — An influx of returned pets adopted during the pandemic is pushing pet shelters across the state beyond capacity. For some shelters, this is business as usual during the summer months, but others are attributing the influx of pets to owners returning animals as they return to work in the office or face financial […]

Gov. Laura Kelly walks through the Capitol to a news conference Wednesday with Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, to discuss the need for people to wear masks against the COVID-19 variant. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Senate president says Kansans want freedom, not ‘Faucism’ on COVID-19 masking front

BY: - July 29, 2021

Prominent Kansas Republicans insist personal freedom trump public health mandates on masking as Delta variant of COVID-19 sweeps the state.

Kelly instructs state workers in 80-plus counties to resume wearing masks

BY: - July 28, 2021

Gov. Laura Kelly responds to surge of COVID-19 variant by requiring state workers in more than 80 counties to wear a mask on the job.

CDC says vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates

BY: - July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that […]

Kansas racial equity panel calls attention to early childhood, maternal health disparities

BY: - July 26, 2021

TOPEKA — A Kansas racial equity panel report has pinpointed maternal and early childhood health, vaccine equity and Medicaid expansion among areas that could improve racial inequities in health care. Among the specific recommendations in the 2021 interim report from Gov. Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice is an extension of Medicaid coverage […]

‘Playing and loving it’: Wichita beep baseball team offers social connection for visually impaired

BY: - July 25, 2021

When Ira Mills created the Wichita Association for Blind Athletes with the help of his wife and friends, the organization had a goal in mind: get Wichita’s visually impaired residents socially and recreationally involved in their community. Since 2017, WABA and its volunteers have found numerous ways to do that, from adaptive sports to seasonal […]

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is preparing to appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court the controversial Johnson County District Court judge's ruling invalidating a new state law overhauling emergency powers that touch upon actions of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of state government. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general to appeal emergency-power decision, warns of ‘legal anarchy’

BY: - July 22, 2021

Kansas attorney general appealing court ruling that state's emergency-power law unconstitutional, claims action can lead to "legal anarchy."

Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said she was frustrated with people who refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations that it could be time to limit public access to the unvaccinated. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

BY: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the agency's latest health report offers in-depth look at key medical and behavioral challenges facing Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE report affirms education, income, race and gender influence health risks

BY: - July 19, 2021

Kansas' latest statewide health survey affirms poor, minorities and undereducated most at risk for serious health challenges.

Report: Residents in Kansas, Missouri get drinking water from lead pipes at high rates

BY: - July 15, 2021

People in Missouri and Kansas risk lead exposure from drinking water at greater rates than almost any other state, a new report found.  The Natural Resources Defense Council released findings Thursday that as many as 12 million Americans may be receiving drinking water through lead pipes without realizing their water is contaminated.  “There is no […]