As of Wednesday morning, 931,653 Kansans – 32.0% of the total population – have received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 503,476 have received a second dose, as reported at KS WebIZ. Kansans under 16 years old are not yet eligible for vaccination.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports a total of 303,767 cases have been reported during the pandemic, resulting in 9,824 hospitalizations and 4,932 deaths statewide as of 9 a.m. Wednesday. There were 540 new cases, five new deaths and 39 new hospitalizations reported since Monday, April 5.
There were no new cases or deaths reported for area counties.
Every Wednesday, KDHE releases the names of locations that have five or more cases with symptom-onset in the last 14 days. This week only one such cluster was listed. The Shawnee County Jail in Topeka has had five cases within the last 14 days, with the last onset date on March 27.
Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday that she has no plans to have Kansas issue vaccine passports, which are designed to help inoculated residents travel, shop and dine out more freely. According to the Associated Press, Kelly said she’s concentrating on making sure people get tested for and vaccinated against COVID-19.
AP also reports the Democratic governor also signed into law a largely symbolic measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to require public schools to offer full-time, in-person classes to all students for the rest of the current semester. Almost all of the state’s 286 local school districts already have most students attending in-person classes, according to the State Department of Education.