TOPEKA, Kansas — With the number of new coronavirus cases still rising steadily and the state’s economy stuck in reverse, Gov. Laura Kelly announced her plans for a phased-in reopening.
The governor’s plan — essentially it lets retailers, restaurants and churches ease into a new normal — comes despite Kansas lagging other states in testing for COVID-19 and growing outbreaks clustered near meatpacking plants.
She called the pandemic a “period of unimaginable sorrow and loss” that “shined a glaring spotlight on the fractures of our society, the inequities of our economy, the strains on our public health infrastructure and the dangers of our politics.”
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