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Gov. Kelly pushes flu shot amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Published: Sep. 14, 2020 at 1:52 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday Kansans should get a flu shot as the flu season approaches. The governor said flu-related hospital admissions present challenges annually. Flu and COVID-19 can present similar symptoms. Getting the flu shot, Gov. Kelly said, can make it easier to determine, whether a person has the virus.

“That way we can rule out the flu if a person becomes ill and not overburden our hospitals,” said the governor.

This comes as Kansas adds 1,513 new cases of COVID-19 and 23 new deaths. Gov. Kelly personalized the cases by mentioning the former Derby Police Officer who died from COVID-19 a week after his wife and the Olathe West baseball coach who also died from the virus.

“We cannot become numb to these numbers,” she said, stating that each of the state’s 534 deaths is someone’s parent, grandparent or loved one.

The governor said the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 continues to be wearing a mask, using good hand hygiene, avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing. She said Kansans have to do everything necessary to protect our communities.

To help local businesses in need of protecting their employees, the state is accepting applications for personal protective equipment. That information can be found at kdem.kansasgis.org/businessppe.

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