Dr. Lee Norman shows that masks work

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 11:30 AM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Dr. Lee Norman says Kansas has seen an increase of 3 deaths related to COVID-19 and 841 cases since Monday, August 3.

Dr. Norman showed the state of Kansas that masks do work by unveiling a graph at his news conference on August 5 of counties that did and did not adopt Governor Laura Kelly’s July 3 mask mandate. He shows that those counties that chose not to follow Governor Kelly’s mandate have not decreased in rates of positive COVID-19 cases while those that did have decreased.

Dr. Norman says he has spoken with doctors across the state on the unnerving effects of the coronavirus. He says that Children’s Mercy has had pediatric patients with COVID-19 at a much higher rate than was seen at the beginning of the pandemic.

Dr. Norman says from his interviews that other adult patients are still feeling the effects of COVID-19 even months after diagnosis. He pointed out two cases in Kansas of people who he does not consider recovered. He says that while they may not be able to pass the virus, they still are feeling chronic effects of the virus showing there is still much about the virus that is unknown.

Dr. Norman says he is particularly worried about the start of school as children seem to be getting infected with the virus at a higher rate and sports are seeing a rise in clusters due to close contact.

The KDHE Secretary says he would like to see the rates of infection decrease before fall classes begin and he urges Kansans to wear masks and practice safe social distancing practices to keep communities safe.

Dr. Lee Norman to hold COVID-19 news conference

Dr. Lee Norman will hold a news conference to update Kansans on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kansas Department of Health says Secretary Dr. Lee Norman will hold a news conference on Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. to update Kansans on the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can catch Dr. Norman’s news conference here or on WIBW’s Facebook live.

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