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Kansas COVID-19 Update | Changes For Dentists | Preparing A Will

U.S. Centers for Disease Control
As of July 22, the state of Kansas has reported 308 deaths due to COVID-19, more than 1,500 hospitalizations and more than 24,100 total infections.

A coronavirus update from Kansas' top health official, how Missouri dentists are coping with a pandemic that kept some offices closed for weeks, and the importance of wills and advance directives have become very apparent.

Segment 1, beginning at 3:58: The health secretary says Kansas' initial response to COVID-19 was "a shining example of success."

Since Gov. Laura Kelly's reopening plan became guidance — and not a requirement — known cases of the coronavirus have been trending in the wrong direction, said Dr. Lee Norman. He said the mistake is "some counties just (opened) the doors up and said business as usual."

Segment 2, beginning at 24:11: Missouri dentists are trying to ensure each patient has a safe visit.

Dental practices in Missouri have opened back up and dentists are trying to make sure clients remain safe, personal protective equipment stays stocked, and clients' teeth stay healthy.

Segment 3, beginning at 39:24: Why having a will is important.

COVID-19 has taught us things can change in an instant, which is why it’s important to always have your affairs in order — having an end-of-life plan in place lifts a burden and ensures your loved ones don’t have to guess at what you wanted.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at
Mackenzie Martin is an associate producer at KCUR. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.
Grace Cole is an intern for KCUR's Up To Date.