As Virus Cases Surge, Kansas Wants People Home, Feds To Act

TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas’ top public health official on Wednesday chided residents looking to “wriggle around” local stay-at-home orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly said the U.S. government should require industries to manufacture medical supplies.

The state reported 126 confirmed cases, a jump of 28 cases in a single day, but the total didn’t include three confirmed cases announced later Wednesday by hospitals and local health officials in Topeka. The state has had three COVID-19-related deaths in the past two weeks, all in the state’s portion of the Kansas City area.

Dr. Lee Norman, the state’s secretary of health and environment, said he expects the number to approach 400 by the end of March, making social distancing and self-isolating important, even for people not under a shelter-in-place order.




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