Kansas hospital out of ventilators, sparks local emergency declaration

Lyon County (Kan.) declared a local emergency Jan. 7 after Newman Regional Hospital ran out of ventilators, The Kansas City Star reported. 

The Lyon County Board of County Commissioners said the Emporia, Kan.-based hospital requested two additional ventilators, and an emergency declaration enables them to receive the resources from the state's emergency operations center. The Lyon County Public Health's COVID-19 dashboard showed 481 active cases and eight hospitalizations as of Jan. 7

The move came a day after Gov. Laura Kelly issued a 15-day statewide disaster declaration and signed two executive orders that relax certain regulations to support more flexible staffing at hospitals and nursing homes. 

Statewide, data last updated Jan. 7 showed more than 16,000 new COVID-19 cases were reported since Jan. 5. Thirty-seven new deaths and 97 new hospitalizations were reported in the same time period.


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