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Dear Friend:
Thursday evening, Governor Laura Kelly detailed her plan for moving the state out of the coronavirus sheltering orders beginning Monday morning, May 4. I will detail those below. 
However, also on Thursday, the Johnson County Board of Commissioners extended our stay-at-home order for an additional week, ending at 11:59 pm, Sunday, May 10. All current restrictions remain in place for Johnson County – social distancing of 6’, travel only when necessary, and businesses deemed essential are allowed to work with social distancing guidelines in place.
The governor’s plan allows for counties to have local authority over more stringent guidelines than those set forward in this plan. There are three key parts: 
  1. The stay-at-home order will expire at 11:59 am on Sunday, May 3.
  2. The disaster declaration will be extended to allow the state to continue to receive federal assistance. 
  3. A 6-week 4-phase process will begin to open parts of our economy back to a post-COVID “new normal”. The process is not set in stone and our virus trends will be closely monitored to see if tweaks in the plan are required. 
During the press conference, Governor Kelly noted the CDC recently doubled the list of symptoms of the disease. Furthermore, researchers estimate 20-50% of infected people have no symptoms but can still spread the virus. 
  • This echoes what we are seeing at the Lansing Prison, where 75% of confirmed cases were asymptomatic.

About Jan

5th Generation Kansan
3rd Generation State Representative
Retired Fortune 100 Business Consultant
Congregational Care Minister, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
Husband to Jeanne
Father of 3 girls
Grandpa to 6

About the 20th

If you missed our Economic Development/Small Business Town Hall on Tuesday, we had a great conversation with concrete tips, tools, and links:
Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen KANSAS
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Pandemic Polling
While we are conducting a “soft rollout” of reopening, what will happen in August and November is a complete unknown. Some counties are sending applications to all voters to request a ballot mailed to their house. However, all counties will not do this, so in order to ensure your voice is heard in this year’s elections, click here to request a ballot be mailed to your home for the August and November elections. 
Childcare Assistance
Check out the Kansas Hero Relief Program for information on funds to help parents with essential jobs pay for childcare during this time. Funds are also available for daycare providers as they work to sterilize their facilities.
COVID-19 Update
Finally, the state aggregated all the information from across state departments related to COVID-19 into one handy website:
Yours in service, ad astra per aspera!

Jan Kessinger
State Representative
Kansas House District 20
Serving Overland Park & Leawood
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