KU reported 13 cases of the coronavirus between Oct. 15 to Oct. 21. The Douglas County total is up to at least 265 active cases with five patients currently hospitalized.
Local & State Government
Chancellor Douglas Girod announced on Thursday that the University of Kansas has set up a committee to find the next Robert J. Dole Institute for Politics director. Bill Lacy is the current director, but is set to retire at the end of 2021.
Barbara Bollier is running for U.S. Senate. She partially wants to work to invest in higher education and help refinance student debt, if she's elected.
KU student senators proposed a campus-wide class cancelation for Election Day. Administrators declined the request, citing in part an already shortened academic calendar.
Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla is running to be a U.S. representative for Kansas' 2nd congressional district. De La Isla explained how students helped shape her interest in politics.
The University of Kansas confirmed 22 new cases of the coronavirus in the past week. Out of the 1,262 total tests administered, that's a positivity rate of 1.74%.
KU Legal Services for Students is providing free notary services for absentee ballots on campus ahead of the general election. It is co-sponsored by the Student Legislative Action Committee.
KU Medical Center received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve testing strategies in high-risk Kansas counties.
The University of Kansas announced a positivity rate of 2.74% between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14 with 34 new cases. Douglas County reported the 15th COVID-19 related death on Friday.
Three candidates are currently running for the two open seats on the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners. The candidates include Shannon Portillo, Shannon Reid and Pam McDermott.
The Lawrence City Commission approved an ordinance that would reduce the speed limit on city streets from 30 mph to 25 mph, unless otherwise posted.
Over the past week, organizations at the University of Kansas held events to help students get registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in Kansas is Oct. 13.
U.S. congressional candidate Michelle De La Isla spoke at the South Park gazebo about her background and why she's running to represent District 2 in Kansas.