Despite let-up, Kansas must use interval to prevent resurge in cases

This is not the time to get complacent or run a victory lap. Continued positive outcomes depend on large part how we use these next few months.

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April 29, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Until a vaccine is discovered, Kansans must remain vigilant in their defense against COVID-19.

Compared with other states, Kansas has thus far been fortunate in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to early, decisive leadership Gov. Laura Kelly, the state essentially shut down in mid-March. As of April 27, we’ve seen about 500 hospitalizations and 120 deaths due to the respiratory illness — both unfortunate, to be sure, but far from the worst.

Thus, while most of the rest of the country bitterly debates the process of opening back up, in Kansas, the process seems relatively straightforward. Yes, we need increased testing. Yes, we want to make sure that workers in the meatpacking sector are not put at risk on the job. But a gradual process beginning next month seems to make sense.

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