According to data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the CDC, Leavenworth County residents may be the first person to die of COVID-19 in the country.
According to KDHE spokesman Matt Lara, medical certifiers ruled COVID-19 as the cause of the January 9, 2020 death certificate.
Data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Indicates that the first death occurred in the United States during the week ending January 11, 2020. This makes Leavenworth County the first known place where someone died of the virus.
The certificate was later amended because the individual’s symptoms were similar to other COVID-19 death symptoms, Lara added.
KDHE’s recently updated COVID-19 dashboard shows that death was reported in Leavenworth County.
Steve Stites, University of Kansas Health System, It said that COVID was likely to have circulated earlier than when the case was officially confirmed.
“When we didn’t have many tests, when we didn’t understand the disease, probably many people died of what we didn’t track because we didn’t know. “He said. “I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that COVID was prevalent in the United States before we thought it would be.”
“It’s no exaggeration to say that COVID-19 was probably in the United States before December, and I think it probably died. Overall, I think COVID-19 deaths are underreported.”
NS The first case in the United States was reported on January 17, 2020, According to the CDC. The first confirmed case in Kansas was reported in Johnson County on March 7, 2020.Death from the first pandemic was previously reported March 13, 2020 Wyandot County..
As of Wednesday Kansas recorded A total of 362,321 cases, including 5,535 deaths.
Star Katie Bernard contributed to this story.