Information last updated: December 13, 2020
Reactions to the COVID pandemic must be balanced, and that requires full transparency from media and government officials. We’re bombarded with ‘breaking news’ every time there’s something bad to report, but much of the information people need to put things in perspective and reach their own informed opinion is sorely lacking.
This page is a repository of official government statistics gathered by the Kansas Policy Institute team. Americans can think for themselves and will act responsibly, but we don’t – and shouldn’t – take kindly to partially informed mandates.
Note: Most jurisdictions don’t publish the important historic data needed to prepare these charts.
Cases, hospitalization, and mortality by age group
Note: Most counties don’t publish this data by age group
Cases, deaths, mortality rate, and infection rate by county
Note: KDHE won’t publish deaths by county; that data is gathered by the New York Times and Wikipedia from county sites and published here
Cases and deaths in Kansas nursing homes and other clusters
Note: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) doesn’t provide a county breakout.
Hospitalization and death rate trends in Kansas
Note: We began tracking this data on July 6, when KDHE rejected our Open Records request for historic data on hospitalizations
Hospital beds available in Kansas and regional states
Note: The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services gathers this data from hospitals
Cases and deaths by state
Note: The COVID data published by Worldometer is compared to US Census population estimates
Pneumonia, COVID, and flu deaths
Note: From the Centers for Disease Control
COVID economic impact
Note: The Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks monthly job changes