Kansas may be near peak in COVID-19 fatalities

Gov. Laura Kelly: "We should be able to proceed with our transition from response to recovery next week as planned."

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April 25, 2020 - 6:57 AM

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — State officials said Friday Kansas may be nearing or has already reached its peak in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, leaving the state to focus on the economic fallout of closing businesses to stem the spread.

Kansas saw the number of deaths drop Friday from 112 to 111 after an investigation determined one of the previously counted fatalities was not related to the coronavirus. Positive cases increased by 295 to 2,777. But the increase comes as the state, whose testing rate had been among the lowest in the nation, works to boost testing.

Gov. Laura Kelly said it appears the state is “headed toward the downhill slope of this journey.”

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