Doctors warn that colder months have already brought an uptick in COVID-19 cases, especially in the urban parts of the state, though numbers are still significantly lower than they were during the height of the pandemic.
Douglas County’s new health officer, Dr. Jennifer Schrimsher, made her appointment official Wednesday afternoon, as new COVID-19 cases are dropping but still at levels where spread is a concern.
Jennifer Schrimsher, a physician at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, was up until 2 a.m. revising contingency plans. The hospital, like all others in Kansas, is coping with unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 patients and staff members out sick with the virus.
Amid concerns COVID-19 will worsen as the temperature drops, Kansas hospital leaders are warning of rapidly rising case numbers leading to poor outcomes and limiting bed space.
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