Additional testing comes to Kansas, state reporting 39 clusters of coronavirus


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly held her daily coronavirus update Monday. She was joined by Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman & Secretary of Agriculture Mike Beam.

As of Monday morning, the state reported 1,986 positive cases and 100 deaths in the state.

Gov. Kelly said the state has received additional testing equipment and PPE for southwest communities. Dr. Norman added that 5,000 additional testing swabs from FEMA came in over the weekend. He said additional testing is ramping up in southwest Kansas.

Kelly also said her administration is working on a plan on how to reopen business in Kansas. She said the Trump administration released guidelines for reopening states.

Dr. Norman said the state is currently monitoring 39 clusters. He said the definition of a cluster is two or more confirmed cases emanating from one known exposure. In those 39 clusters, there have been 634 positive cases, 111 hospitalizations and 56 deaths associated with those clusters.

He said the clusters include 14 long term care facilities, two group living arrangements, one at the Lansing Correctional Facility, two healthcare facilities, five religious gatherings (with one additional death this past weekend) and 15 in private companies.

Secretary Beam joined the news conference to talk about the meat processing facilities in Kansas. He said those plants are continuing to function and that conversations are being had to keep the facilities open but running safely and to minimize the risk of spreading the virus. According to the CDC, there is no evidence of the virus spreading via food packaging.

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