Governor Kelly holds press briefing on COVID-19 updates

Coronavirus in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly held a press conference from the Topeka Statehouse Monday afternoon, to provide updates regarding COVID-19 in Kansas.

In her briefing, the governor provided the latest COVID-19 numbers in Kansas, including 1,674 new positive cases and 4 deaths since Friday.

There have been 53,959 infections, 2,706 hospitalizations, and 600 deaths in Kansas since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Kelly shared her concerns about the rising number of COVID-19 cases and said that due to certain legislative leaders, Kansas has been left with a patchwork of local mask mandates instead of a statewide policy like 34 other states.

The governor also shared her concerns about the Supreme Court hearing yet another case to repeal the Affordable Care Act on November 10. She said if the Supreme Court decides to strike down the Affordable Care Act, three things will happen during the worst public health crisis Kansas has encountered in more than a century — including 1 million Kansans with preexisting conditions would be in danger of being kicked off their health insurance plans including the over 53,000 Kansans who have contracted COVID-19; more than 85,000 Kansans enrolled in the Kansas exchange would lose their health insurance, and 11 million Americans across this country would also lose coverage.

Governor Kelly provided a quick reminder to the state’s essential workers who have contracted COVID-19 that financial assistance is available through Kansas’ new essential worker health care fund.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 cases in Kansas, click here

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