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CORONAVIRUS: Statewide public service campaign, face-covering protocol both begin this week KVOE News file photo

This is a busy week for coronavirus policy matters at the state level.

This week, the state will launch a public service campaign designed to encourage people to wear masks in public and take other steps to reduce the robust increase in coronavirus cases, like getting tested when necessary and avoiding mass gatherings. The Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Kansas Farm Bureau are among the major organizations involved.

The state has also partnered with the Kansas Leadership Center on what's being called an influence campaign. Governor Laura Kelly is asking the Leadership Center to have its 12,000 alums lead virtual meetings across Kansas to highlight the need to be safe with COVID-19 filling hospitals across the state.

Wednesday, meanwhile, is when the governor's new "face-covering protocol" is set to start. Cities and counties with protocols in place, like Emporia and Lyon County, are exempt, but those that aren't will go under the state protocol that includes mask usage inside any public space or in line to do so and mask use outdoors whenever social distancing can't be maintained among other steps. Click here for the executive order with details.

This comes as Governor Kelly announced nearly $39 million of CARES Act funds is getting re-routed to help various parts of the overall relief effort. $20 million is going to restaurants, bars, movie theaters, PPE manufacturing firms and private colleges. The remaining $18.5 million is supporting local health departments, vaccine distribution, PPE for nursing homes and support for safety net clinics. Funding is from previously-approved programs that couldn't use all their federal relief funding by Dec. 30.

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Last modified on Monday, 23 November 2020 06:46