Kelly: May 3 opening in doubt

As protesters gathered in Topeka against her stay-at-home order, Gov. Laura Kelly said her stay-at-home order may last past May 3. Kansas is "nowhere near" having supplies needed for adequate COVID-19 testing, she noted.

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April 24, 2020 - 2:52 PM

Gov. Laura Kelly

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday that her goal is to start reopening the Kansas economy on May 3 but she may not be able to do it because the state is “nowhere near” having the supplies needed for adequate coronavirus testing.

Kelly’s comments came after hundreds of people protested around the Statehouse against a stay-at-home order from the Democratic governor set to expire May 3. Participants in similar protests across the country contended that such orders damage the economy and violate people’s civil rights.

Health and government officials argue such orders orders are the best way to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Kelly said a key issue in lifting restrictions is being able to test enough to identify and contain outbreaks quickly and take steps to contain them locally.

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