KDHE'S Dr. Norman: U.S. still in wave 1 of COVID-19 cases

Posted at 6:01 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 19:01:45-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  — Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said Wednesday that more than six months into the pandemic, Kansas and the United States remain in wave one of COVID-19 cases.

“Is it wave one, wave two? I think that the best information that we have is that the way we hit it hard in the state very early on, even though it came at considerable cost and we’d prefer not to go down that road again, took a big bite out of what is still the first wave," Norman said.

According to Norman, it's "arbitrary," but he thinks a second wave won't happen until cases level off, followed by an upward trend of new cases.

"I think it's a little bit arbitrary and there's no way to prove what I just said," he said.

As the state continues to average about 550 to 667 cases over a seven-day period, Norman didn't leave out the possibility that the second wave could average about 900 cases a day.

"I'm not saying exactly what it is yet, we're doing the numbers right now and we wanted to get just a little bit deep into the first part of October, but we plan to put out our projections very soon," Norman said.