At 11 am today, Governor Laura Kelly announced a statewide Stay At Home Order. Up to today, counties made this choice on a county-by-county basis. However, the number and geographic distribution of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Kansas necessitated a statewide order. The order will go into effect as of 12:01 am, Monday, March 30 and extend through April 19, and the state will continue to review.
We have already been under these orders for about a week, Kansas is the 23rd state to issue a statewide order. While we think this has helped to slow the spread, it has not been enough, especially considering our state’s hospital capacity
. The state is working with the private sector to expand testing capacity as they estimate confirmed cases in Kansas could hit 900 over the next week.
Kansans have been very creative about social distancing. I even heard about people “cruising Lenexa,” and there are thousands of concerts and other performances by celebrities, as well as some very talented kids.
To keep everyone safe, please consider staying at home unless your work is deemed essential, you are buying food or medicine, caring for a loved one, or seeking medical help.
As Kansans, we will get through this together and be stronger on the other side: Ad Astra per Aspera.