COVID deaths accelerated five-fold

The rapid increase in the number of new deaths mirrors the increases in new cases. In the past two weeks, the state has averaged nearly 2,500 new cases a day.

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December 14, 2020 - 9:41 AM

WICHITA, Kansas — The number of Kansans who have died from COVID-19 topped 2,000 on Friday after the state announced 131 new deaths.

How quickly the state passed that milestone — it took the state seven-plus months to lose its first 1,000 people to the coronavirus, and little more than a month to lose 1,000 more — shows how quickly the spread is accelerating.

“There’s just so many more people getting COVID right now that inevitably that’s going to lead to more death,” said Steve Stites, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Health System.

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