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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 Records First COVID-19 Death; Wyandotte County Man in His 70s

An image from the Centers for Disease Control fo what coronavirus looks like.

Kansas has recorded its first fatality associated with coronavirus.  The victim, a man in his 70s, lived at a long term care facility in Wyandotte County and suffered from underlying health issues.  Governor Laura Kelly held a nighttime news conference at the Kansas Statehouse to make the announcement.  Earlier in the day, she declared a state of emergency.
 

KU, K-State, Emporia State Move Classes Online Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Watson Library at the University of Kansas is the school's largest and oldest library.  (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin, Kansas News Service)

University of Kansas students are on spring break this week, but they won't be attending classes on campus anytime soon. KU isn't closing its Lawrence campus, but it will be moving classes online due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Update: Kansas State University has now announced similar plans for keeping students off campus.

Meet the Health Department Director and Doctor in Charge of Managing the Coronavirus Outbreak in Kansas

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman at a press conference Saturday, confirming the first known case of COVID-19 in Kansas. (Photo by Jim McLean, Kansas News Service)

The Kansas response to the novel coronavirus is being led by Dr. Lee Norman, the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Norman says Kansas is ahead of the curve when it comes to preparedness.

LMH Health Eliminates Health Insurance for 3 Dozen Part Time Employees

LMH Health, formerly Lawrence Memorial Hospital, is a not-for-profit community hospital that's served Lawrence and the surrounding area for nearly a century.  (Photo by J. Schafer)

Lawrence's not-for-profit community hospital, LMH Health, is eliminating health insurance for some of its employees. By January, about three dozen part-time workers will no longer have access to health insurance through the hospital. In addition, they'll no longer be able to accrue PTO, or paid time off. The hospital is also changing employee retirement benefits. Why? Is the hospital running low on money? CEO Russ Johnson says no. Despite losing money this year, Johnson says LMH Health is on sound financial footing. Listen to KPR's two-part interview to learn more.

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