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Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, holds up a map showing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state by county, during a meeting of legislative leaders, Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The counties in blue have had confirmed cases, with the most recent cases in the darkest shade. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas stay-at-home rule allows religious worship, gun sales

Mar. 30, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — All 2.9 million Kansas residents were under a stay-at-home order Monday imposed by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly as the numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases and COVID-19-related deaths continue to grow. It helped Kelly's case with the Republican-controlled Legislature that the...

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., R-Olathe, holds up a map showing the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state by county, during a meeting of legislative leaders, Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The counties in blue have had confirmed cases, with the most recent cases in the darkest shade. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Top Kansas lawmakers let governor's stay-at-home order stand

Mar. 29, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature agreed Sunday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order is necessary to help check the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing it to take effect Monday as planned. It helped Kelly's case that the exceptions...

A man gathers his groceries after checking out at a Hy-Vee grocery store Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. Stores have begun installing plexiglass shields in checkout aisles as a precaution to protect clerks and help stop the spread the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas governor orders residents to stay home to curb virus

Mar. 28, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such directives. Kansas joins nearly two dozen states in ordering...

Kansas governor issues stay-at-home order effective Monday through April 19

Mar. 28, 2020 12:38 PM EDT
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas governor issues stay-at-home order effective Monday through April 19.
Lawrence Memorial Hospital personnel work at a drive-thru virus testing facility In Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Tests are by appointment only. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas coronavirus death toll rises to 4, with 202 cases

Mar. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four of the state's deaths occurred in the Kansas City area,...

Lawrence Memorial Hospital personnel work at a drive-thru virus testing facility In Lawrence, Kan., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Tests are by appointment only. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Coronavirus surge in Kansas touches inmates, taxes, pastures

Mar. 26, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are looking for extra hospital beds, releasing jail inmates and bracing for a slump in state tax collections as they add farmers' and ranchers' springtime practice of burning pastures to the list of things to avoid during the coronavirus pandemic. With confirmed...

A shopper is separated from a clerk by a plexiglass panel as she checks out at a Hy-Vee grocery store Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Overland Park, Kan. Stores have begun installing the shields in checkout aisles as a precaution to protect clerks and help stop the spread the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas has 12 times as many weekly claims for unemployment

Mar. 26, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of jobless workers in Kansas who filed initial unemployment claims last week was 12 times as high as it was the week before as measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus took their toll on the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that Kansas had...

A pet store receives a delivery In Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The store offers curbside and delivery options to their customers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

As virus cases surge, Kansas wants people home, feds to act

Mar. 25, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (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...

A pet store receives a delivery In Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, March 24, 2020. The store offers curbside and delivery options to their customers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Kansas residents hunker down amid virus' economic fallout

Mar. 24, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems temporarily suspended production work for Boeing at its Wichita facility on Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak that has been sending shock waves through the economy and has more than half of Kansas residents under shelter-in-place orders. The...

Dr. Lee Norman, Kansas secretary of health and environment, answers questions about the coronavirus pandemic as Gov. Laura Kelly watches during a news conference, Monday, March 23, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Six counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million residents have issued shelter-in-place orders and Kelly says she's going to impose stricter rules for public gatherings. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas stricter on gatherings; 1M people told to stay home

Mar. 23, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Shelter-in-place orders are about to take effect for about a third of Kansas' population to slow the spread of coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that she will tighten restrictions on public gatherings. Five counties with about 1 million of the state's 2.9 million...