Kansas coronavirus cases at 900, governor limits gatherings

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly issued an executive order to limit religious gatherings and funerals at a briefing Tuesday afternoon.

Gov. Kelly said 25% of coronavirus outbreaks in Kansas are tied to religious gatherings.

This order adds on to the already existing stay-at-home order which previously exempted church gatherings and funerals. There can be no more than 10 people in any given area, according to Gov. Kelly. She also said appropriate distancing needs to be in place.

“This was a difficult decision, and it could not come more at a disappointing time. Kansans are a community of faithful people. We draw strength from fellowship and prayer,” said Gov. Kelly.

Gov. Kelly added that she spoke with several faith leaders and was inspired by their creative means to deliver service to Kansans through social media, video and drive-in sermons.

“I’m uplifted by their creativity and resolve and was uplifted that so many took action,” she said.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is reporting 900 positive cases of COVID-19 in the state.

There have been 27 deaths and 223 hospitalizations.

The number of cases on Monday was at 845.