Kansas eases coronavirus testing guidelines; prison cases up

Kansas has relaxed its guidelines on coronavirus testing so that residents who don’t have a fever but who are showing other symptoms can be tested, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday.

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April 22, 2020 - 9:28 AM

A health worker wearing a protective gear takes a swab from a person sitting in a car, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Collegno, near Turin, Italy, April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has relaxed its guidelines on coronavirus testing so that residents who don’t have a fever but who are showing other symptoms can be tested, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday.

Kelly’s announcement came as the state prison system saw the coronavirus spread to a third facility and the number of confirmed cases among staff and inmates top 100.

The number of people in Kansas infected with the virus rose by 39 to 2,025 on Tuesday — a 2% bump representing the state’s lowest growth rate in infections since March 12. The number of COVID-19-related deaths increased 7%, up seven to 107.

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