GENERIC: CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -- On Thursday, Kansas had its first COVID-19 related death. 

According to Governor Laura Kelly, the patient who died was a man in his 70s from Wyandotte County.

He lived in a long-term care facility and had underlying health conditions that he was receiving treatment for at a local hospital for cardiac issues.

Testing was done after he died and that it when it was discovered that he had COVID-19. 

The authorities are working to find out more about what the man was doing in the last two weeks and who he came in contact with. They also said this is a case of community spread, since the man didn't travel anywhere.

During the press conference, the governor also quickly mentioned that she was declaring a state of emergency, too. 

This is the fifth officially reported case in the state. 

Rep. Sharice Davids released the following statement after the announcement: 

“My heart is with the family members and loved ones of the patient who passed away from COVID-19 in Wyandotte County tonight. My office has been in close contact with local and state public health officials, who are working around the clock to curb the spread of this virus. We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our community safe, prepared and informed.

“It’s essential we confront this public health crisis with every tool at our disposal, including the emergency declaration issued by Governor Kelly. It’s also essential every person practices preventative measures like covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying home when you are sick, and avoiding touching your face.”

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