Kansas - COVID-19 Covered

Kansas

Total Cases: 305,773 (April 12)
Tests Administered: 1,270,547 (March 5)
Fatalities: 4,895 (April 12)
Testing:
  • A list of Kansas COVID-19 testing locations can be found here. 
  • list of COVID-19 sample collection sites and Health Departments can be found here. 
  • Governor Kelly announced that COVID-19 testing would continue to be available at no-cost through the end of 2021 to individuals using community testing sites. (March 31) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Kelly issued a stay-at-home order stipulates that the state will use the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF) to identify and continue essential functions, which include seeking medical assistance, buying groceries, and refilling gas. (March 28)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Kansas released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here. 
  • Governor Kelly issued an executive order extending the deadline for rural water districts to hold their annual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. (February 24) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive that requires COVID-19 testing in certain adult care homes. (December 11) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that extends temporary relief for motor carriers from certain rules and regulations allowing them to quickly deliver supplies necessary to assist Kansas in its COVID-19 recovery efforts. (September 16) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Kelly announced that the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) program has been relaunched to assist unemployed residents. (March 26) 
  • The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation launched the Kansas Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which would provide rent, utility, and internet assistance. (March 17) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that funding provided to the hospitality industry through the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund had been converted from bridge loans to grants. (February 24) 
  • Governor Kelly and the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation announced $200 million in statewide rental assistance. (February 17) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that continues to prohibit certain foreclosures and evictions. (January 27) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order extending the deadline for renewal of driver’s licenses to June 30. (January 4) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order providing temporary relief from the waiting requirement for Kansans applying for unemployment benefits. (January 4) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that Kansans experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic are now eligible to apply for a maximum of $5,000 in rental assistance. (October 23) 
  • Governor Kelly announced Kansas will begin processing payments for the Lost Wages Assistance program. (October 2) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that will re-issue and extend several previous orders set to expire next week. These orders include an eviction moratorium and deferred tax deadlines. (September 11) 
  • Kansans will receive an additional $300 in unemployment benefits instead of $400. The State Finance Council rejected matching benefits with state funds. (September 4)  
  • Governor Kelly and the Kansas Department for Children and Families announced additional benefits for those receiving childcare assistance. (August 31) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that $8 million in CARES Act funding will be used to cover health care expenses for early childhood professionals and other essential workers who contracted COVID-19. (August 27) 
  • Governor Kelly and Department for Children and Families Secretary Laura Howard awarded Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Youth and Family Stability Grants to eight state agencies. These grants will boost access to childcare, education, and mental health services. (July 7) 
  • Governor Kelly signed several executive orders, including ones allowing for deferred tax deadlines and eased unemployment insurance requirements. (July 2) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Kelly announced that $16 billion in grants would be administered to shuttered venues through the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants program. (April 9) 
  • Governor Kelly signed legislation granting liability protections for health care providers and businesses. (April 5) 
  • Governor Kelly announced Kansans could begin submitting applications to the 2021 Federal Paycheck Protection Program. (February 8) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order to allow employers to continue to withhold income taxes based on the state of the employee’s primary work location, and not based on the state in which the employee is temporarily teleworking as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (January 27) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order extending temporary relief for motor carriers from certain rules and regulations. (January 4 
  • Governor Kelly announced that the State Finance Council allocated $20 million in funding for small businesses. (November 20) 
  • Governor Laura announced $3.5 million in grants and supplies for licensed child care providers. (November 6) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that Kansas has allocated more than $130 million in grants to help businesses affected by the pandemic and for companies that can expand broadband access in the state. Applications open on August 19. (August 14) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • The Legislative Coordinating Council revoked Governor Kelly’s statewide mask order. (April 5) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that all adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on March 29. (March 26) 
  • Governor Kelly extended the state’s disaster declaration to May 28 and will re-issue several executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic on April 1. (March 26) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that Kansas would move to Phase 3 and 4 of its COVID-19 vaccination plan on March 22, allowing individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 with a preexisting medical condition and other non-healthcare workers in critical infrastructure to be eligible for the vaccine. (March 17) 
  • Governor Kelly extended the State of Disaster Emergency Declaration to March 31. (January 25) 
  • Governor Kelly signed a new executive order mandating the use of face coverings. (November 20) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that would provide temporary relief from age restrictions that prohibit applicants 50 years or older from renewing their driver’s license online. As a result of the order, all drivers under 65 were permitted to use the online renewal system until December 31. (July 29) 
  • Shawnee County’s Health Officer released an updated emergency order on reopening plans allowing restaurants, bars, and nightclubs to operate between the hours of 6:00AM and 11:00PM on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and between the hours of 6:00AM and midnight on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. (July 8) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Kelly signed legislation requiring all unified school districts to provide a full-time, in-person attendance option for all students enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12. (April 7) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that the Remote Learning Grant program would be extended through Spring 2021. (February 17) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that applications are now open for newly available grant funds and additional resources to support remote learning for school-age children. (October 2) 
  • Governor Kelly’s executive order to delay school openings was rejected by the Kansas Board of Education. School districts are will now be permitted to open as they see fit. (July 22) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Kansas universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here.

Giving Opportunities

April 22, 2020

Governor’s office is referring companies interested in helping to this site for methods to donate and volunteer.

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