TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas on Monday reported another bad week-long spike in COVID-19-related deaths and its total number of reported coronavirus cases rose past 26,000.
The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another nine deaths since Friday, increasing the total for the pandemic by 2.8% to 335.
The state had 28 new reported deaths during the seven days ending Monday, an average of 4.0 a day for a new high mark since June 1. The worst seven-day average since the pandemic began was 5.0 for the seven days ending April 13.
The health department said Kansas had an additional 1,063 coronavirus cases since Friday, up 4.2% to 26,172. The number of cases is thought to be far higher because people can be infected without feeling sick and because of a lack of testing, particularly early in the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the department said the median age for people infected in Kansas is now 37. The Wichita Eagle reports it was 52 on March 24, less than three weeks after the state reported its first case.
State and local officials have blamed much of a resurgence in coronavirus cases since early June on lax social distancing and mask-wearing at public gatherings, particularly at bars.