Gov. Kelly to release her phased plan to open the state Thursday

Published: Apr. 29, 2020 at 12:48 PM CDT
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Governor Laura Kelly said she will be issuing a new the statewide emergency disaster declaration that will go until at least May 14.

The disaster declaration only means that funding and resources will be available for the state from the federal government.

Kelly has said she will not be extending the Stay-at-Home order past May 3rd, and will release her phased plan to open the state Thursday at 6:30p.m.

Kelly said that the legislature and Kansas Department of Health and Environment are working to make COVID-19 testing more available to rural communities across the state.

Kansas will be receiving 500,000 USDA and FDA-approved testing kits from overseas shortly, and expects to receive 10,000 additional kits per week from abroad as well as 25,000 from the federal government.

FEMA has fulfilled Kansas's resource request for a device that decontaminates N95 masks, making them reusable for the previous wearer.

Kelly also stated that the Department for Children and Family Services is offering a second chance for families to apply for heating bill assistance, effective May 1 through May 29.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman said that five additional staff from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta will be in Kansas for eleven months to help out with contact tracing around the state.

Norman previously mentioned that several CDC staff are already helping out in Topeka and meat packing plants in Southwest Kansas that have seen clusters of COVID-19.

Norman said the KDHE is also considering hiring 25 contact tracing investigators to help with the process of testing individuals who may be asymptomatic.

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