Kansas governor issues statewide stay-at-home order

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(KSNT Photo/Kelli Peltier)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state.

The governor said predictions from health officials said the state could see as many as 900 cases in the coming weeks. At last update from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there were 202 coronavirus cases and four deaths in-state.

(KSNT Photo/Kelli Peltier)

Kelly said the statewide stay-at-home order will go into effect March 30 at 12:01 a.m. and expire April 19. The order means Kansans must remain at home unless going to work to perform an essential function, or going outdoors to exercise while practicing social distancing. It also allows some essential errands such as getting food or groceries, going to healthcare appointments or picking up medicine.

“This is our window to ensure Kansas does not suffer the terrible fate of other hard-hit states like New York and Missouri,” Kelly said.

The governor did mention the $2.2 trillion federal relief package as good news, which will send aid money to eligible Kansans making less than $75,000.

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