Virus reported in state hospital, spreads at nursing home

Three staff members and a resident at a state hospital that serves people with intellectual disabilities have tested positive for the coronavirus as another outbreak at a nursing home continues to grow.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced the new cases at Parsons State Hospital and Training Center in southwest Kansas in a news release Monday night. The sickened resident has been moved into on-site isolation.

Updated projections from the University of Washington show hospital use is now expected to peak in Kansas on April 19. Last week, the model predicted Kansas would reach peak hospital use on April 27. Kansas deaths, meanwhile, are expected to peak on April 23 at 10 per day.

Most infected people develop mild or moderate symptoms that clear up within three weeks, such as fever and cough. But older adults and people with existing health problems are particularly susceptible to more severe illness, including pneumonia.