Over 2,000 Kansas residents have now died due to COVID-19, with 131 deaths reported by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment just since Wednesday.


The state surpassed the 1,000 death benchmark in late October, after six months of the pandemic. It took just another month and a half to register the next 1,000 fatalities, however.


Gov. Laura Kelly said she order flags to be flown at half-staff in the state to honor the 2,072 residents who have died.


"While COVID-19 has impacted each Kansas community differently, we all share this collective loss of our family, friends, and neighbors," Kelly said in a statement. "We can all honor their memory by protecting each other and working together to slow the spread of this virus."


The state also saw a second straight 48-hour period with an increase of over 5,000 COVID-19 cases, with 5,491 cases reported since Wednesday.


The state also noted 146 new hospitalizations in that time frame.


It comes as a White House Coronavirus Taskforce report warned the state that "mitigation efforts must increase" in Kansas in order to contain the virus’s spread.


The publication, which is from Monday and was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, notes that 91 of the state’s 105 counties are in the red zone, signifying the highest level of COVID-19 spread.


The state has the 12th highest number of new cases per capita nationally, the report said, and data from Johns Hopkins University shows it ranks third in the nation in the percentage of tests returning positive.


Dr. Dana Hawkinson, an expert of infectious disease at the University of Kansas Health System, said cases in the region were "back on an upward trend."


"In the hospital, we are seeing that upward trend as well," he said. "This is the trend from that continued rise in cases from 10 or 14 days ago."