Gov. Laura Kelly, Secretary Dr. Lee Norman hold coronavirus update


TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Governor Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman held their news conference Wednesday to discuss coronavirus updates in the state.

As of Wednesday morning, the state is reporting 5,734 positive cases and 144 deaths.

During the conference, Gov. Kelly took a moment to remember Overland Park police officer Mike Mosher who was killed in the line of duty this weekend. She also thanked nurses and what they are doing to block the spread of COVID-19 on National Nurses Day. The governor said we need to continue social distancing to keep the virus from spreading. She thanked all Kansans for following the stay-at-home guidelines that were recently lifted. The governor said she will continue to evaluate the spread of the virus before moving to the next phase of reopening Kansas.

Dr. Norman said the state continues to focus on clusters. He reported 75 total in the state with most in private companies, long-term care facilities, meatpacking plants, and correctional facilities. He also said testing at Lansing was completed on May 5. An outbreak had infected 551 inmates and 88 staff members as of Tuesday.

Dr. Norman said now that the state is receiving more testing supplies and now is providing testing to anyone who is symptomatic.

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