Kansas hospitals stagger from virus’s impact

Letting down our guard allows the virus to spread. Period.

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Opinion

November 12, 2020 - 8:59 AM

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said Monday growth of COVID-19 across Kansas affirmed the necessity of people to adhere to recommendations to wear a mask and maintain social distancing. (SHERMAN SMITH/KANSAS REFLECTOR)

Kansas has reached another grim marker in its ongoing battle with COVID-19.

After residents became fatigued with the ongoing toll of the virus, they ventured outside more and more, congregated with friends and families, and stopped wearing masks (if indeed they had ever started). Case counts began to climb.

And as long predicted, hospitals throughout the state are now staggering under the weight. The question is not necessarily the number of beds available, although that might be a challenge in some communities. It’s also about staffing those beds, as medical personnel push through exhaustion and illness of their own.

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