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"Kansas Health: A Prescription for Change” is an award-winning series about the health and well-being of Kansans. The series, which began in 2000 as a project called: "Kansas Kids: A Prescription for Change," can be heard on KPR and other public and commercial radio stations in Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas Meatpacking Plants Have Coronavirus Cases and Stay Open Amid Safety Concerns

Meat on sale at a grocery store in Garden City.  Four large meatpacking plants employ thousands of workers in southwest Kansas. (Photo by Corinne Boyer, Kansas News Service)

The continuing spread of COVID-19 among workers who slaughter livestock and package meat poses a growing threat to keeping the industry’s plants in operation.  Already, the coronavirus temporarily shut down a pork-processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a beef-packing facility in Greeley, Colorado.  In Ford County, in southwestern Kansas, the number of COVID-19 cases at the start of the week was fewer than 20, but by Saturday, the number had climbed to 107. 

Rural Kansas Ambulance Crews Will Be Doubly Strained by Coronavirus

Finney County EMS staffs three ambulances and is dedicating an additional ambulance for COVID-19 patients. (Photo by Corrine Boyer, Kansas News Service)

Emergency workers in Kansas are understandably concerned about their potential exposure to the coronavirus, especially as more COVID-19 cases are confirmed in their communities. Rural EMS agencies are already stretched thin and their emergency plans have been upended by the growing pandemic.

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