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Kansas surpasses 10,000 cases of COVID-19, 2 linked to Dodge City daycare

 In this Friday, May 8, 2020 photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference with Dr. Lee Norman, the state's top health administrator, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Her orders and local orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus are facing legal challenges. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
In this Friday, May 8, 2020 photo, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly discusses the coronavirus pandemic during a news conference with Dr. Lee Norman, the state's top health administrator, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Her orders and local orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus are facing legal challenges. (AP Photo/John Hanna) (KWCH)
Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 3:49 PM CDT
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Update Monday evening, June 1, 2020

While the state has surpassed the 10,000 mark for total COVID-19 cases, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman held an overall positive tone in his update Monday from Topeka.

Total COVID-19 cases in Kansas are up to 10,011 with 217 deaths, an increase of nine since the death total reported Friday (May 29). There have also been about 93,000 negative tests for the virus, Dr. Norman reports.

"We're doing well in the state of Kansas," Dr. Norman says.

While acknowledging "this may sound odd" with increasing numbers, he says Kansas is in decent shape when factoring in the three primary metrics: hospitalizations, death rate and disease spread.

A strong majority of counties in the state are demonstrating an improving trend, Dr. Norman says.

He says the situation at Lansing Correctional Facility, the site of the state's biggest cluster, has dramatically improved in terms of COVID-19 cases.

He says 300 tests were conducted Saturday on inmates and staff and of that, only six percent tested positive. Of that, all of them were asymptomatic.

Four weeks ago the number of positive tests was in the 50 to 75 percent range in some units.

"We have brought that under containment," Dr. Norman says.

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reports Monday 10,011 cases of COVID-19 in 88 counties with 217 deaths reported as of 9 a.m., an increase of 272 cases since Friday.

Out of 6,635 cases, 862 people with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus have been hospitalized. Patients range in age from 0 years to 103 years.

There have been 93,301 negative tests conducted at KDHE and private labs.

At 4 p.m., Gov. Laura Kelly and KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee Norman will address the latest cases, including two now linked to the

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This will be the governor's first public briefing on COVID-19 following her decision to turn all response authority on restrictions and gathering sizes back to local governments and counties.

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