Gov. Kelly gives address on Kansas reopening plan

Coronavirus

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly announced her plan to rebuild the state’s economy on Thursday.

Kelly said the state is focusing on “boxing the virus in” with four phases. The statewide stay at home order will end on Monday, May 4. That’s when the following phases will be implemented:

  • One: Wide-scale, rapid testing capabilities across the state, so that we can identify people who may be infected as quickly as possible, before they unknowingly infect others. Kansas has made great strides in expanding our testing abilities in the last week — securing 18 times the test supplies we had this time last week.
  • Two: Protecting the capacity of our public health infrastructure so that our hospitals remain equipped to provide Kansans the treatment they will need to recover.
  • Three: Ensuring that Kansans who have been exposed have a safe place to quarantine, so they don’t put others at risk.
  • Four: Recruiting hundreds of new workers for a robust contact tracing program. This is how we help infected Kansans retrace their steps, so we can warn anyone who may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus and get those individuals tested, arrange for care if they’re ill, and stop the virus from spreading. Already, KDHE is in the process of recruiting and training 400 contact tracers.

Each phase will remain in effect for a minimum of 14 days.

Kelly said the following establishments will not be included in the first phase of reopening:

  • Bars and night clubs, excluding curbside and carry out services
  • Non-tribal Casinos
  • Theaters, museums, and other indoor leisure spaces
  • Fitness centers and gyms
  • Nail salons, barbershops, hair salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors and other personal service businesses where close contact cannot be avoided.

“Ideally, should all trends continue downward, Phase 3 will culminate in a “phase out” of most
state restrictions, no sooner than June 15, 2020,” Kelly said.

You can read the full plan below or at https://covid.ks.gov/.

Read Gov. Kelly’s full speech below:

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