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Kansas sees largest downward two-week trend in nation for number of new COVID-19 cases

Titus Wu
Topeka Capital-Journal
John Hopkins University data shows Kansas as the most green (or largest two-week decrease trend of the number of cases) in this map of trends of daily COVID-19 cases reported.

Between Monday and Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 4,539 new COVID-19 cases and 100 new deaths.

There were also 189 new hospitalizations.

In total, the state has seen 252,041 cases and more than 3,350 deaths.

Death data may experience a reporting lag from time to time as the state takes time reconciling death certificates.

The daily count of new cases has been on a slow downward trend since it peaked sometime mid-November. But a post-holiday spike in cases could still come this week.

As of yesterday, Kansas had the most positive-looking downward trend in the number of daily COVID-19 cases for the past two weeks, per Johns Hopkins University.

The new data for Wednesday showed 641 fewer cases and seven fewer deaths than the number of new cases and deaths reported on Monday. The number of new hospitalizations, however, saw a jump of 95.

Hospitalizations have been a problem as folks may have to be transferred. In past regional updates, there were concerns of capacity potentially being overburdened.

As of Tuesday, only 32% of ICU beds are available across the state, per KDHE.

Currently, there are 341 active COVID-19 clusters.