KDHE Secretary: Coronavirus numbers in KS ‘awful’

Posted at 10:09 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 11:09:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s secretary described the state’s increase in COVID-19 cases “awful” during a briefing Wednesday morning.

On Monday, the state added more than 1,000 new cases and the increase in cases is finally leading to an increase in hospitalizations.

Doctors at the University of Kansas Health System said Wednesday they now have 30 COVID-19 patients hospitalized, an increase of eight patients from Monday. Twelve of those cases involve patients in the intensive care unit, with two patients on ventilators.

KDHE’s Dr. Lee Norman said communities have “fumbled” the ball on keeping numbers down, citing inattentiveness, large gatherings and politics.

Watch the entire conversation with Dr. Norman and KU Health System doctors: