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Kansas reports an additional 5,000 COVID-19 cases, 138 deaths since Wednesday

Brianna Childers
Topeka Capital-Journal

As Kansans celebrated the new year, the state Friday added 5,312 more COVID-19 cases bringing its total to 227,745. 

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, as of 9 a.m. Friday, 2,879 COVID-19 related deaths had been reported, an increase of 138 deaths since Wednesday. 

The Kansas Health Association reported Friday there are 896 COVID-19 patients hospitalized statewide. There are 169 staffed ICU beds available. 

Kansas reported over 5,000 new COVID-19 cases Friday and added 138 more deaths to its total. [File photo/The Capital-Journal]