Gov. Kelly urges Congress to pass COVID-19 relief package as soon as possible

Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 12:03 PM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Kelly is urging Congress to pass a second COVID-19 relief package as soon as possible.

Governor Laura Kelly says since Monday, Dec. 14, Kansas has seen 4,551 new cases of COVID-19 and 144 new deaths. She said this brings the state’s total to 194,569 positive cases of the virus, 6,050 hospitalizations and 2,053 deaths. She said it took a few months for the first 1,000 COVID-19 related deaths to hit Kansas, however, it only took less than seven weeks for the next 1,000 deaths to happen.

According to Gov. Kelly, Gove Co. has lost the biggest percentage of residents to COVID-19 than any other county in the U.S. She said the impact on the community has been immense. She commended the Gove Co. Public Health Director Scott Remple for his outstanding service to the community. She said he has worked hard to take care of his community and stop the spread of COVID-19.

She said Kansans continue to need government assistance due to the impact of the virus.

Gov. Kelly said Kansans continue to need government assistance due to the impact of the virus which is why she is urging Congress to prioritize and pass a second COVID-19 relief package as soon as possible. She said she would like to see an extended deadline to spend CARES Act funding applied to the relief package.

In a bright spot, Gov. Kelly said her All of the Above Approach continues to make progress in the state. She said measured evidence shows her unified testing strategy is succeeding in its goal of increasing testing in the state. She said at the beginning of the pandemic Kansas was ranked in the bottom of states for testing opportunities, now she said the state ranks fifth in the nation. She said currently, there are 24 active testing site locations on and 19 more will be added by the end of the week.

Gov. Kelly said she is confident that the efforts of Kansans and her administration will produce positive results.

According to the Kansas Governor, Kansas received its first shipment of Pfizer vaccines this week and will be receiving its first shipment of the Moderna vaccine sometime next week. She said over 600 frontline healthcare workers were vaccinated in Shawnee Co. on Wednesday morning.

Gov. Kelly ended the conference with reassurance. She said the pandemic will come to an end. She said it will not be in the next few weeks or months, but the end is in the foreseeable future. She said as the U.S. will most likely not be able to return to normalcy until late 2021, she is continuing to urge Kansans to take necessary COVID-19 precautions.

Dec. 16, 12:03 p.m.

Gov. Kelly to host COVID-19 update

Governor Laura Kelly will host a COVID-19 update on Wednesday.

Governor Laura Kelly says she will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m., to update the state regarding Kansas’ progress on COVID-19.

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