Gov. Kelly and KDHE end of week news conference
Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary, Dr. Lee Norman, held their end of the week news conference Friday.
Both recapped the state’s response to the coronavirus. Kelly spoke about the economic impact of the virus and said she hopes a Bill related to infrastructure development and improvement she signed in the morning will help revive the state's economy. Kelly also spoke about the Paycheck Protection Program, which went into effect on Friday. The program helps small business owners pay their staff and will provide them with assistance through June of this year.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas is waiving cost-sharing for any medical treatment related to the coronavirus.
Dr. Norman gave an update on the number of positive cases in the state as well as the new deaths. The number of cases has risen by 138 in the past two days, which is on par with what the KDHE was expecting. Norman said the state received a shipment of 900 new 45-minute rapid-tests for the coronavirus, and he hopes that in the near future they will be able to test individuals who are asymptomatic but may still carry the virus. He also commented on the state's social distancing score, which is at 36 percent. He said he would like to see it go up to 45-55 percent.