GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly visited Brookover Feed Yard in Garden City Tuesday to tour the facility.
The governor chose Brookover because it is an institution in southwest Kansas and has been in operation for 70 years.
After the tour, she thanked the state’s agricultural workers for their dedication to keeping food on the plates of Kansas families through the coronavirus pandemic.
“One of the major problems that we have had as a result of the pandemic has been ensuring that our food supply chain stays greased, and we are getting food from the lots to people’s tables. You have been instrumental in making sure that that happens and adding some stability and some certainty to people’s lives when there is so much other uncertainty.”
During the early stages of the pandemic, Garden City, Dodge City, and Liberal meatpacking plants were hit with cluster cases of COVID-19. The governor said the state took major steps to make sure the plants didn’t close.
“We took an aggressive response to it. We called in the CDC. They brought in a swat team of contact tracers, testing, and then sort of your engineering types to figure out how we could set up our plants so that they were safe to work in and what we could do to provide non-congregate housing for folks who worked in those plants,” said Gov. Kelly. “Production slowed down no doubt, but it never stopped.”
Gov. Kelly was also asked about state’s recent spike in cases and replied that there is only so much to prevent the disease from spreading. She encouraged Kanans to social distance, practice good hygiene, and follow the mask mandate.
“It is not a political statement. It is a simple public health measure. It protects you. It protects your family. It protects your neighbors. It protects your friends. It allows us to keep businesses open. Without masks, we are going to have a very hard time opening schools because we can’t ensure the safety,” Gov. Kelly added. “I encourage everybody to mask up. We have got to bend that curve down.”
Mike Beam, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, also joined Tuesday’s tour.
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