Kansas - COVID-19 Covered

Kansas

Total Cases: 28,432 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 301,839 (August 3)
Fatalities: 367 (August 4)
Testing:
  • A list of Kansas COVID-19 testing locations can be found here and a list of COVID-19 sample collection sites and Health Departments can be found here.
  • Governor Kelly announced that a Mobile Testing Unit will be deployed by The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to assist underserved communities with COVID-19 testing. (June 26)

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:

  • Governor Kelly issued an executive order lifting weight restrictions and permitting requirements for motor carriers. (July 15) 
  • Kansas released official reopening guidance for businesses based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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)
  • Governor Kelly’s office, along with the Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Laura Howard and Child Care Aware of Kansas, announced that the state will allocate additional benefits for child care providers impacted by the pandemic through the Hero Relief Program. (June 26)
  • Governor Kelly’s office announced that the state has opened a new customer service hotline for residents who “have been affected by the recent duplicate payments.” (June 24)
  • Governor Kelly announced that she has called on the Kansas Department of Revenue to begin resuming drive tests. (June 23)
  • Governor Kelly’s office announced that the State Finance Council has approved sending $400 million in Coronavirus Relief Fund funding to the state’s local governments to “help combat the health and economic challenges COVID-19 has brought on their communities, and to help prepare for possible future outbreaks of the disease.” (June 16)
  • Governor Kelly announced that a roughly $9 million in Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV) will be given to “66 Kansas communities.” (June 2)
  • Governor Kelly announced the creation of the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, which will lead the state’s economic recovery. The Taskforce will be charged with distributing funds received from the CARES Act, among other responsibilities. (May 19)
  • President Trump has approved Kansas’ request for a federal disaster declaration, which will allow the state to receive more federal funds to fight the virus. (March 30)
  • Governor Kelly signed Senate Bill 66, the FY2020-2021 budget bill. The budget called for allocating $65 million for coronavirus response efforts, among other provisions. (March 25)
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that extended the tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020. (March 23)

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Kelly announced that Kansas applied for disaster assistance loans from the US Small Business Administration, which could make loans of up to $2 million available to Kansas small businesses in need of assistance. (March 20)
  • Governor Kelly announced the allocation of $5 million to create the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund to “short-term, zero-interest loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector during the pandemic.” (March 20)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Reynolds signed Executive Order No. 20-60, which provides 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 are permitted to use the online renewal system until December 31, 2020. (July 29) 
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has removed three states from its travel quarantine list: Alabama, Arkansas, and South Carolina. (July 15) 
  • Sedgwick County Health Officer Garold Minns announced that he would sign an emergency order to require face masks in public settings. (July 9) 
  • The Saline County Commission voted in favor of making masks mandatory. The mandate takes effect on July 9. (July 9) 
  • 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 a.m. and 11 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. (July 8) 
  • Bars and nightclubs in Shawnee County will need to close by 10 p.m. to comply with an emergency order issued on Tuesday. (July 1)
  • The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has added South Carolina and Florida to the travel quarantine Maryland was removed. (June 29)
  • Governor Kelly announced that she will sign an executive order requiring most Kansans to wear a mask in public spaces, beginning Friday, July 3. (June 29)
  • Kansas City, Kansas announced a mandate that citizens will have to wear masks in public, starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 30th. (June 27th)
  • Governor Kelly has recommended that local governments stay in Phase 3 of her “Ad Astra” plan to reopen Kansas’ economy for two more weeks, even though Phase 4 of her plan was scheduled to begin on June 22. (June 22)
  • Governor Kelly signed into law legislation that will extend the state’s emergency declaration through September 15, 2020. According to Kelly’s office, the bill puts several of Kelly’s executive orders into law, including ‘allowing for expanded telemedicine, temporary licensure of out-of-state medical providers, electronic notarization of documents and certain liquor sales.” (June 9)
  • Governor Kelly announced that her office has recommended that local communities consider entering Phase 3 of her “Ad Astra Plan” to reopen the state’s economy. Among other provisions, phase 3 stipulates that mass gatherings will be limited to 45 people. (June 8)
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order moving the state to Phase 2 of her plan to reopen the Kansas economy. Beginning Friday, May 22, casinos, theaters, bowling alleys, and museums will reopen and the state’s mass gatherings ban will be increased to 15 people, up from 10. (May 19)
  • Some retailers, dine-in restaurants, and offices opened Monday, May 4, pursuant to the Governor’s “Ad Astra” plan to reopen the Kansas economy. (May 4)

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • 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) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order to delay opening schools until after Labor Day. The Governor also issued an executive order that mandates schools to use COVID-19 prevention strategies, such as requiring face masks, social distancing, and daily temperature checks. (July 21)
  • A task force assembled by the Kansas Commissioner of Education is creating a guidance document that will be presented to the Kansas State Board of Education at its July meeting, and if approved, available to school districts in July. (June 5)

State Higher Education:

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

Giving Oportunities

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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