Mar 25, 2020 1:40 PM

3rd coronavirus death reported in Kansas

Posted Mar 25, 2020 1:40 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A third coronavirus death has been reported in Kansas as more than half of the state’s residents are facing orders to stay at home except for essential services, such as buying groceries or receiving health care.

The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, announced Tuesday night that the latest victim is a man in his 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

“We offer our prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of the deceased. Their sadness is our sadness,” Mayor David Alvey said in a statement. “Our own family and friends are precious to us, and so I call on each one of us to protect one another and stop the spread of COVID-19!”

As of Tuesday, Kansas was reporting at least 98 positive cases. Two other deaths had been reported previously in the Kansas City area. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the ages of those who tested positive ranged from 7 to 90, with the median age of 52.

At least 10 counties have issued orders for their residents to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of the orders take effect Wednesday while others will start early Thursday. Counties that added orders Tuesday included Sedgwick, the home of Wichita, the state’s largest city, and Shawnee, which includes the state capital of Topeka.

Gov. Laura Kelly has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order but she said on Monday that it might become “unavoidable” as more positive cases of COVID-19 are reported.

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Mar 25, 2020 1:40 PM
Man accused of licking Walmart items in coronavirus prank
Cody Pfister remains in custody -photo Warrenton police

WARREN COUNTY, Mo. —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a man accused in a coronavirus prank.

A man identified as Cody Lee Pfister, 26, Warrenton, who took a video of  licking the merchandise after making a "Corona Virus" statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody, according to a media release from police.

This particular video, which won't be shared here, has gained some international attention and we have received numerous reports about the video from locals, nearby residents, as well as people from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, according to the release.

We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed."

Pfister has previous convictions for burglary, theft of a firearm, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Missouri's death toll from the coronavirus rose to eight on Wednesday. The state had reported over 350 confirmed cases.