June 29, 2020
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announces the implementation of a statewide policy mandating the wearing of face coverings in public to slow the spread of COVID-19 at a news conference on Monday, June 29, 2020, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
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Kansas on Monday reported its biggest seven-day increase in novel coronavirus cases since the pandemic began as the total number exceeded 35,000. The state Department of Health and Environment said Kansas had another 1,282 confirmed and probable cases since Friday, an increase of 3.8%, for a total of 35,167.
As Kansas continues to see spiking numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Gov. Laura Kelly didn’t mince words Monday afternoon. If the rate at which the deadly respiratory virus is spreading doesn’t slow — and soon — Kelly said she will have no other choice but to recommend that the state move back to Phase 2 of her Ad Astra reopening plan by next week.
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Monday requiring masks and daily temperature checks in the state’s K-12 schools, setting some coronavirus-inspired rules that are stricter than guidelines adopted by the Republican-controlled State Board of Education.
The state of Kansas should continue to remain in Phase 3 of the recommended reopening process as new cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. In the past two weeks, Kansas has seen nearly 3,500 new cases of the potentially deadly respiratory virus — by far the biggest increase the state has seen during the pandemic, Kelly said. Since Friday alone, the state confirmed over 980 COVID-19 cases, the statewide cumulative case total sits at nearly 17,000, and the virus has killed 280 Kansans.
The state of Kansas, beginning on Friday, will require every person to wear a mask in public places where social distancing is not possible, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. The marked escalation in Kansas’ strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 came after the state confirmed over 900 new cases of the respiratory virus over the past weekend. Repeatedly on Monday, Kelly stressed that mask wearing is currently the only method available to slow the virus spread in any meaningful way until a vaccine is readily available.