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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