Kansas COVID-19 cases above 23K amid debate over schools

Another surge in coronavirus cases has pushed the number reported in Kansas during the pandemic past 23,000 and reported COVD-19-related deaths past 300.

The report of another increase in cases came as Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly prepared to issue an order aimed at delaying the reopening of the state’s K-12 public schools for three weeks from mid-August to after Labor Day.

State law requires the Republican-controlled State Board of Education to approve, and some GOP legislators were urging people to push for schools to reopen on their normal schedule.

The state Department of Health and Environment said Monday that Kansas saw total cases grow by 6.2% since Friday. The department said there were 1,369 new cases to bring the total to 23,334, but infections are thought to be far more numerous because many people have not been tested, and people can be infected without feeling sick.

The average number of new cases a day over the previous seven days was 468. That was better than the 479 for the seven days ending Friday.

The number of COVID-19-related deaths reported by the department increased by eight to 307 for an increase of 2.7%. However, Johns Hopkins University put the tally at 309.