Kansas reports first death from COVID-19

Man thought to have contracted virus in a nursing home. Gov. Kelly declares state of emergency.



March 12, 2020 - 9:49 PM

A man in his 70s who lived in a long-term care facility in Wyandotte County is the first known death from the new coronavirus in Kansas, state officials said Thursday night. The man was not among the state’s official count of cases, which had risen to four earlier in the day. 

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly also has declared a state of emergency, which gives the government more power to marshal resources and triggers the state’s response plan.

The man was admitted to Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday with cardiac issues and a fever. He died Wednesday morning, and a postmortem test found the COVID-19 virus.

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