Kansas - COVID-19 Covered

Kansas

Total Cases: 75,538 (October 25)
Fatalities: 956 (October 25)
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 

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 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) 
  • Governor Kelly signed Executive Order #20-62, which extends temporary relief for motor carriers. (August 18) 
  • Governor Kelly issued an executive order lifting weight restrictions and permitting requirements for motor carriers. (July 15) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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) 
  • Kansas received federal approval for Lost Wages Assistance program funding. (September 9) 
  • 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) 
  • 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 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) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • 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) 
  • 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 Kelly’s emergency declaration will remain in effect until October 15. (September 14) 
  • Governor Kelly signed an executive order that will 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 are permitted to use the online renewal system until December 31. (July 29) 
  • The Kansas Department of Health & 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. (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 6:00AM 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) 
  • Governor Kelly announced that she would sign an executive order requiring most Kansans to wear a mask in public spaces, beginning July 3. (June 29) 
  • Governor Kelly signed into law legislation that will extend the state’s emergency declaration through September 15. 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 45 people. (June 8) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • 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) 
  • 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 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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