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COVID concerns grow in Kansas as cases rise amid omicron variant

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - November and December 2020 are marked as the peak months of the coronavirus pandemic. But one year later, hospitals are facing another grim outlook. Dr. Heather Harris is the medical director at Hays Med. She says it’s still a large curve and the COVID-19 cases are going in the wrong direction, especially with the vaccine available.
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Kansas sees highest single-day COVID case count since early January

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas’ upward trend in COVID cases has reached highs not seen since the beginning of the year. The Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment’s update Friday reflected 4,712 new positive cases since Wednesday. The number of new cases diagnosed Tuesday, Nov. 30 alone was 2,219. That is the highest single-day total since Jan. 8, 2021, when KDHE recorded 2,203 new cases as it was coming down from the spike seen in November and December of 2020.
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Lee Norman, fired as Kansas health secretary, says he was 'Fauci'd' by COVID politics

The job of guiding Kansas through a generation-defining public health crisis for nearly two years fell to Lee Norman. Until recently, and suddenly, it didn’t. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly recently fired him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment after months of reducing his role as the face of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Fired Kansas health secretary says he was 'Fauci'd' by COVID politics

The job of guiding Kansas through a generation-defining public health crisis for nearly two years fell to Dr. Lee Norman. Until recently, and suddenly, it didn’t. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly recently fired him as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment after months of reducing his role as the face of the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Former Kansas health chief says politicization of COVID-19 forced him out of his role

Lee Norman, MD, the former Kansas health secretary, said that he was removed from his role because of the politics of COVID-19, local NPR affiliate KCUR reported Dec. 1. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly recently asked Dr. Norman to step down from his position as secretary — which he told KCUR was tantamount to a firing — after he spent months being the face of the state's COVID-19 response. According to KCUR, the governor's chief of staff began to worry that Dr. Norman's blunt style added to the already strained relationship between Ms. Kelly and Republican legislators.
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