Gov. Kelly, KDOL secretary hold coronavirus update


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly gave her daily coronavirus update Thursday, alongside Kansas Department of Labor Secretary Delia Garcia.

Thursday’s update came hours after protesters converged near the statehouse to protest the stay-at-home-order.

Gov. Kelly said she understands the protestors’ frustrations, but said they must listen to science when it comes to safely reopening the state.

As of Thursday morning, the state is reporting 2,482 positive cases of coronavirus and 112 deaths.

Gov. Kelly said the additional $600 payment for unemployed people is now working. The issue that prevented this from happening earlier has been solved.

The governor said she’s having KDOL look over all workers’ compensation coverage for first responders. This would mean that first responders and healthcare workers who get coronavirus will be presumed to have gotten it from work, thus getting workers comp.

The Kansas National Guard is helping in various ways throughout the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kelly. It’s working with Harvesters to pack and move food to food banks, helping corrections officers at the Lansing prison and helping the Kansas Department of Health and Environment with testing across the state.

Secretary Garcia talked about the additional $600 payment to unemployed workers. She said people who are eligible will automatically receive the $600. Also those who are eligible will automatically receive the extended 26-week benefits.

The Spanish language website is also now available, according to Garcia. To access that, just go to and click on the top right-hand corner to change the language.

In the news conference, Gov. Kelly was asked if Kansas schools are going to reopen in the fall. She said she hopes schools will be able to reopen in the fall, but said we have to be ready for another wave of the virus in the fall/winter, so things may have to close again. She said it all depends on the ability to keep kids safe and healthy.

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