The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kansas increased by 851 to a total of 320,437

Lawrence, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 9 new COVID-19 deaths for a total of 5176.

Our state had an average of 275 new COVID-19 cases a day for the seven days ending Friday.

That was the highest seven-day average for new cases in 15 weeks, since March 26.

The number of new cases per day is still far below its peak in mid-to-late November, but it comes after local officials ended mask-wearing mandates and leaders of the Kansas Legislature ended a state of emergency for the pandemic.

The state health department reported that 39.4% of its 2.9 million residents were fully vaccinated as of Friday.

This story will be updated when new information is available.