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Governor Laura Kelly discusses the importance of masks, rising COVID-19 numbers

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly held a news conference Monday to discuss the importance of wearing masks and rising COVID-19 cases.

“The Centers for Disease Control is urging everyone to wear cloth face coverings in public settings and practice social distancing because these proactive steps work. Until we have a vaccine, masks social distancing, and good hygiene are our best defenses against this virus. Kansas is at a make it or break it moment so let’s do the right and smart thing,” said Gov. Kelly.

The governor said that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recommending that the state remain in phase 3 of the Ad Astra reopening plan due to significant increases in the disease spread.

“The nearly 3,500 new cases in the past two weeks is the steepest rate of increase we have seen since the pandemic began,” said Gov. Kelly.

The state says the number of Kansans who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus since the pandemic began is now at 16,901. That is an increase of 982 since the last update on Friday.

The number of Kansans who have died with COVID-19 is 280, up three from Friday.

The KDHE does list hospitalizations since the pandemic began. On Monday, that number was 1,235, an increase of 16 since Friday.

According to the governor, there are 118 active clusters of coronavirus in the state. There have been 14 new clusters since last Wednesday. Seven of those are from bars and restaurants.

“There are no clusters at this time connected to barber shops, nail salons, or any other close contact service. That is not a coincidence. It is more proof that masks and hygienic business practice work,” Gov. Kelly added.

Gov. Kelly used Texas as an example of reversing their stance on masks. The state has recently closed bars and reduced restaurant capacity due to increasing cases and hospitalizations.

“Every Kansan has an opportunity to step up and keep their loved ones healthy and keep Kansas open for business,” Gov. Kelly said. “Some are upset for the mask order or other actions I have taken, but my responsibility as the governor of this state is to honestly assess and confront the pandemic regardless of the political consequences, so I will continue to do everything in my power to save lives and keep our economy open. I strongly encourage other elected leaders in Kansas to do the same.”

CountyConfirmed
Allen17
Anderson30
Atchison74
Barber4
Barton128
Bourbon71
Brown45
Butler314
Chase46
Chautauqua6
Cherokee139
Cheyenne4
Clark45
Clay21
Cloud40
Coffey69
Comanche7
Cowley178
Crawford405
Decatur5
Dickinson45
Doniphan45
Douglas758
Edwards11
Elk1
Ellis148
Ellsworth21
Finney1,715
Ford2,191
Franklin211
Geary202
Gove5
Graham18
Grant98
Gray75
Greeley4
Greenwood23
Hamilton43
Harper16
Harvey218
Haskell45
Hodgeman11
Jackson154
Jefferson86
Jewell12
Johnson6,120
Kearny61
Kingman20
Kiowa8
Labette149
Lane5
Leavenworth1,532
Lincoln6
Linn47
Logan2
Lyon695
Marion58
Marshall15
McPherson159
Meade59
Miami151
Mitchell27
Montgomery163
Morris12
Morton9
Nemaha50
Neosho65
Ness7
Norton22
Osage46
Osborne4
Ottawa35
Pawnee9
Phillips48
Pottawatomie117
Pratt35
Reno360
Republic31
Rice38
Riley446
Rooks18
Rush10
Russell19
Saline373
Scott42
Sedgwick5,334
Seward1,168
Shawnee1,653
Sheridan7
Sherman16
Smith3
Stafford4
Stanton38
Stevens46
Sumner99
Thomas43
Trego6
Wabaunsee43
Washington1
Wichita4
Wilson11
Woodson12
Wyandotte5,182
Dundy County, NE1
Furnas County, NE15
Hitchcock County, NE1
Red Willow County, NE17
Beaver County, OK37
Harper County, OK10
Kay County, OK251
Texas County, OK1,058

County list updated: Aug 12, 2020
Sources:
Kansas Dept of Health and Environment

Nebraska Dept of Health & Human Services
Oklahoma State Dept of Health

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