Gov. Kelly to extend disaster declaration


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Gov. Laura Kelly and Health Secretary Dr. Lee Norman held their daily news briefing Wednesday to give an update on coronavirus in the state.

As of Wednesday morning, the state reported 3,738 positive coronavirus cases and 125 deaths.

Gov. Kelly announced she will be signing a new declaration to extend the state’s disaster declaration to May 14. This allows the state to retain critical funding and other support through FEMA and the Department of Defense. The emergency declaration can be extended once again after this.

Kelly also announced the state has secured 500,000 test kits coming from overseas; however, the state will continue to receive 10,000 kits per week until these come in. The federal government is also sending 25,000 kits this week.

Dr. Norman said the state is monitoring 55 coronavirus clusters across the state. There are 18 in long-term care facilities, two in group living situations, one at Lansing Correctional Facility, two at healthcare facilities, six from religious gatherings, 20 from a variety of private companies and six from the meat-packing industry.

He also said the CDC staff is helping with testing in the state. Five additional CDC staff will be working with the state for the next 11 months to help with contact tracing, according to Norman.

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