Check these five interactive graphics to understand the latest COVID wave in Kansas

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Like states across the country, Kansas is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, and hospitals are strained to be able to provide care for everyone who needs it.

The spike in cases and hospitalizations is largely due to the highly contagious omicron variant. The increase in cases has caused U.S. COVID-19 cases to hit record highs.

Making sense of how serious the latest wave of cases is and what it means for your community can be tricky, but these five graphics aim to illustrate the surge in more detail for those who want to understand how this COVID-19 wave is affecting the state of Kansas.

How many COVID-19 cases are in the state?

The number of cases and the average daily case rate has been climbing to record highs.

How many people are vaccinated?

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the vaccination rate reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Data Tracker is slightly higher than the rate reported by the state of Kansas. That’s because the CDC data does not account for any removal of duplicates or any other updates to the data that the state originally reported to the CDC.

What’s the COVID-19 testing and positivity rate?

The number of tests administered has spiked with the increased demand for testing because of the rapidly spreading omicron variant.

How many people are being hospitalized?

Hospitalizations are reaching record highs in this latest wave of COVID-19 cases, causing Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to declare a state of emergency, as hospitals are strained for beds.

What’s the current COVID-19 death rate?

The number of Kansans dying from COVID-19 this winter is less than last winter.

Do you have more questions about the latest wave of COVID-19? Ask us at kcq@kcstar.com or with the form below.

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