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  • 06/17/2021 12:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HHS Secretary Becerra has issued a letter to insurers and providers concerning free COVID-19 vaccines and tests.

    To COVID-19 vaccination and testing providers and insurers:

    Since we took office, the Biden-Harris administration has made combating the COVID-19 pandemic our top priority. Central to our national plan to protect Americans and end the pandemic has been increasing testing and vaccinations. In light of recent reports of consumer cost concerns, I am reminding health care providers of their signed agreements to cover the administration of COVID-19 vaccines free-of-charge to patients, and group health plans and health insurers of their legal requirement to provide coverage of COVID-19 vaccinations and diagnostic testing without patients shouldering any cost.

    Read the letter here.

  • 06/16/2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Yesterday, Kansas Senate President Ty Masterson, R-Wichita,  and the Legislative Coordinating Council declined to meet on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 to consider extending the Governor's emergency orders on the COVID-19 Pandemic. This in action has ended those orders on June 30. Republican leadership took the action as a way of getting back to normal for Kansas.

  • 12/16/2020 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Johns Hopkins and Maryland University Research Team have developed a tool to assess your relative risk of mortality from the COVID-19 virus. The tool takes your age, height, weight, ethnicity, health conditions and calculates your risk. Please be aware this just indicates, based on your risk factors, how high the risk might be for you. If you are curious you can view it here.  No information is saved and this is not medical advice.

  • 09/24/2020 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Newly released 2019 data from the CDC shows that Kansas is among 12 states with 35% or more adults being obese. Kansas was not one of the nine states cited with this percentage in 2018. Obesity places people at a much higher risk of complications from COVID-19 and other chronic health health conditions including diabetes. The study looks at ethnicity and race related to obesity as well.

    While reducing this extremely high percentage of obesity in adults will take time, simple fixes like more physical activity, getting enough sleep, reducing stress and eating a healthy diet can be implemented immediately. Only one state - Colorado - had a percentage of obesity in adult residents between 20-25%, it was 23%. 

  • 08/11/2020 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    1. COVID-19 is on track to be the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2020.

    2. Hard hit states will not be able to "bend" their curves much.

    3. COVID-19 could see a roller coaster like graph in many states. As cases mount people more cautious, and cases trend lower people tend to loosen precautions too early making for an up and down in total COVID-19 cases.

    4. Cold weather and the flu could cause cases to soar as people spend more time indoors and the flu season starts.

    5. Increased mask use by ALL could lower all projections.

    These and other projections are being circulated from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

  • 04/07/2020 1:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a letter to clinicians today and a set of recommendations on elective surgeries. The letter to clinicians details accelerated and advanced payments to providers and also has a fact sheet on it.

  • 03/11/2020 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CDC just rolled out a new website for all aspects of COVID-19. The website address is coronavirus.gov.  The site has information for the general public, institutions, health care providers and more all in one location. Kansas now has one confirmed case of the virus and the individual is hospitalized at the University of Kansas Hospital under quarantine and previous to hospitalization had self-isolated. The individual contracted the virus through a visit to the northeast U.S.

  • 03/05/2020 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the novel Coronavirus - now named COVID-19 continues it spread across the globe all should be cautious but not panicked. The media tells us it has a high mortality rate of 3.4% but in reality the mortality rate is much lower because the 80% or more of people infected do not become seriously ill - and probably believe they have a cold or the flu. This 80% of the population does not go to a physician, and they spontaneously recover so they are not being counted. For now Kansans should practice good hygiene and wash their hands for 20 seconds. No cases have been reported here to date. Do not travel to places effected by the virus and have a work policy of stay home if you are sick. Do not put your life on hold just be thoughtful on travel and hygiene. For more on COVID-19 visit The DO.

  • 12/12/2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Flu Season is off to an early start this year. The southern states and California are already experiencing widespread flu. As it moves north, Kansas will experience an increase in flu cases.

    Each year, Americans get more than 1 billion colds, and between 5 and 20 percent of Americans get the flu. The two diseases have some symptoms in common, and both are caused by viruses. However, they are different conditions, and the flu is more severe. Unlike the flu, colds generally don’t cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, or lead to hospitalization.

    No vaccine can protect you against the common cold, but vaccines can protect you against the flu. Everyone over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Vaccination is the best protection against getting the flu.

    Prescription antiviral drugs may be used to treat the flu in people who are very ill or who are at high risk of flu complications. They’re not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Vaccination is the first line of defense against the flu; antivirals are the second. If you think you’ve caught the flu, you may want to check with your health care provider to see whether antiviral medicine is appropriate for you. Call promptly. The drugs work best if they’re used early in the illness.

    To find out more about the 2019-20 Flu Season in Kansas, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's surveillance website page.

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