Kansas to release names, locations of active coronavirus outbreaksChristian Fernsby ▼ | September 8, 2020
In keeping with the Governor’s ongoing commitment to protecting the health and safety of all Kansans, Governor Laura Kelly announces that beginning September 9, the state will begin to release the names and locations of active outbreaks in Kansas.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly
Last week, Kansas saw the highest increase in outbreaks to date, with an increase of 26 from Wednesday to Friday, and ended the week with 170 active outbreaks.
Active locations will be released when there are five or more confirmed cases associated to the location. For private businesses, the name of the business will only be released if there are 20 or more cases associated with the location.
In Kansas, an outbreak is defined as two or more cases associated with one known exposure.
This information will be published weekly on Wednesdays, beginning September 9, on the COVID-19 dashboard on the KDHE website, and will include the number of cases associated with each outbreak.
Until now, the state has only issued press releases naming locations of outbreaks where contact tracing is not possible.
Kansas will join numerous other states already providing this information and will follow White House guidance in sharing this information on public-facing dashboards. ■