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Governor Laura Kelly arrives at a Monday press briefing wearing a mask.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced she would new executive order later this week requiring most Kansans wear masks in public spaces during a Monday afternoon press briefing. The order, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday, has not yet been released to the public in its entirety.

Most Kansans will have to wear masks in stores, shops, restaurants and places where people cannot maintain a 6-foot distance. More details about the ordinance will be released on Thursday.

"If they care about keeping the businesses in their district open, they won't fight this one," Kelly told reporters.

Local counties will have the authority to enforce the mandate. They may also choose to override the mandate by a vote of the county's governing body.

Interim Police Chief Ed Owens said Monday night that the Emporia Police Department was not ready to make any comments on how such a mandate might be enforced.

"I'm going to wait until I see more information," Owens told The Emporia Gazette in a phone call.

Kansas is one of several states in the US that have seen an increase in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. As of Monday, Kansas had reached 14,443 total COVID-19 cases and 270 deaths, with a 905 increase since Friday of last week.

Locally, Lyon County included four new cases of COVID-19 and six new recoveries in its Monday data report. That brings the county’s overall cases to 497, with 22 active patients and 467 recoveries on record.

Seven patients have died and three are currently hospitalized.

Lyon County Health Officer Renee Hively said, from a public health perspective, she endorsed the governor's directive.

"I do endorse the governor's position," she said. "If we do want to move forward and do the things we want to do, we're going to have to make sacrifices — like wear a mask."

Hively said she knew only as much about the order as the rest of the population at this point, and was planning to review the mandate once information came down to Lyon County Public Health. She said while currently local numbers may look good, with only 22 active cases, it was important to remain vigilant and mindful of possible community spread.

"Currently, our numbers look good," Hively said. "They are trending down for Lyon County, but as you can see, with all of the kids' sporting events and tournaments that have been going on, we are starting to see clusters within that population."

California. Washington and North Carolina have also instituted mask ordinances in recent weeks. Florida and Texas have shut down bars after large spikes in COVID-19 cases, according to a report by the Kansas News Service.

Kansas City, Missouri, had already instituted a mask ordinance which began Monday. Wyandotte County's mask ordinance was set to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Douglas County's mandate starts Wednesday.

The governor said Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office will enforce the statewide mandate.

The State Finance Council will review the order, though they cannot revoke it. Only the full Legislature has the ability to do that with a "concurrent resolution" Kelly's office said.

Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:52 p.m. Monday to include more information and quotes from local health officials and law enforcement. 

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Smkiefer

All of the Covid / economy crash tactics will disappear November 4th, never to be heard from again!!!

Hollowed Ground

Why wait until Friday? If it is a good thing to do then it should start immediately.

Alfred

Having lived through the 1968 pandemic I was curious and want to see how many died in that pandemic compared to the current pandemic. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (that is a reference book) between 1 million and 4 million died from the pandemic most during second wave. it was the second most deadly of the three pandemics of the 20th century. According to the John Hopkins tracker the current number of deaths in this Covid pandemic is 509,779 deaths. That is currently way below the 1957 pandemic death rate of one to two million deaths according to the Encyclopedia Britannica (again that is a reference book) All indications are that unless we are hit hard with a second wave this pandemic will be a lot milder then any of the previous flu pandemics we went through in the last 100+ years with the 1918 Spanish flu being the worse.

Hollowed Ground

Nice history lesson, but what does it have to do with the story?

Alfred

The point to the little history lesson is that maybe just maybe this pandemic is not nearly as bad a what everyone is making it out to be( I could still be wrong about this) which leads me to question were all these measure necessary (let alone effective)

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yoda15

I replied to one of your many comments about data, size of study, etc. Based on your most recent link, it looks like one of the studies (conducted in China) sampled 2 hospital wards with a total of 39 patients. There was another study that sampled 44 masks. Another study was conducted with only 4 patients. These are pretty small sample sizes....

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yoda15

Here's some data from the article (from MO talking about KS) that you just shared: 1978. That is the case count as of June 29. That appears to be the highest case count that KS has had to date. What do you think of this data? That was a pretty hefty jump in cases from June 22 to June 29.

Aim_High

user75

You can't fathom how dentists didn't wildly spread a virus? Could it be from wearing a face mask and face shield, while working on a patients who have had temperature checks, and mouths rinsed with alcohol before working on them? PPE and sanitizing work. No clusters in dentists office proves dentists are doing a good job protecting their patients. Suggesting it's proof you don't need a mask makes absolutely zero sense. There are zero dentist offices where nobody is wearing a mask, so you can't say "it works even if everyone is not wearing the mask"... I'm going to take a wild guess here and say you are a Trump supporter.

user75

Patients are not wearing masks when receiving treatment. You are saying screening works, so why not screen people instead of mandating masks? Again droplet aerosols are happening in the office all day long. Dental personnel are wearing masks and patients are not so no transmission with one wearing the mask and one not wearing the mask.

Aim_High

Yep, Trump supporter, who's just going to argue till the cows come home about masks because Trumps base seems to think not wearing one is the cool thing to do. Thankfully the number of willfully ignorant people here is lower than those with a little common sense. Have fun pretending masks are ineffective and using dentists with aggressive safety measures in place as your evidence. Nobody is that dumb, you know better.

Elrod

Mr. Lukert, It would be nice if you would quit calling people names, and telling them they should die. That does not provide any useful dialogue that goes on.

Aim_High

Alfred says "when I make may rare once a week outing for a grocery pickup at Walmart I am only harming myself by not wearing the N95"

Alfred also says "I don't go inside of Wal-Mart." [thumbdown]

Alfred

Mr. Aim High do you know how grocery pickup works at Walmart. especially between 7-8 am. My not wearing a mask while the person who brings my groceries out to my car wearing a mask, and puts them in my trunk with out any contact with me would not get sick. Even if they had HIV/Aids. Stay safe.

Aim_High

Except the guy shopping earlier that day who decided not wearing a mask was smart, who then coughed all over your box of twinkies before the employee grabbed them for you. He thought not wearing a mask wouldn't be a problem for anyone else except himself, but now his germs and viruses are in your shopping bag. Mandatory mask policies help prevent this scenario from happening. Good to hear you're staying out of the stores, sounds like you'd just be a risk to the public.

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Aim_High

A simulation can't bring imaginary viruses to real life... If that were true I'd be rich because I'm great at playing Monopoly... covid-19 wasn't made in a lab, tons of proof if you open your eyes and read... Fauci is ten million times smarter than you...

You might want to get a new weatherman. I hear Fox doesn't hire the best meteorologists. I've worn a mask for 12 hours and it wasn't "damp from natural nose and mouth secretions". You might want to see a doctor.The thought of reusing a mask that hasn't been washed is disgusting. Mold overnight? You really should go get a check-up. You shouldn't re-use a mask unless its been washed. If in doubt, throw it out. I figured you'd know more about masks given how much you talk about them.

"30% accuracy" is not the only number you could locate because you've been spoon fed the correct information several times... I've given you so many "scientific facts" about the usefulness of masks that I'm tired of giving them. It's sad you come on here and tell big lies like "those touting the usefulness of masks have no scientific facts" Saaaad! It's also pretty funny you voted for Kobach who gets 2/3 of his money from out of state groups, but talk bad about Kelly when 2/3 of her financing is from citizens of the state. We all know you'll never address this either though. Saaad!

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Catherine

SnowGypsy, please consider getting off of Facebook and social media in general. You are clearly steeped in disinformation. The real “plandemic” is the epidemic of disinformation that is distorting people’s ability to discern fact from fiction. This virus is extremely contagious, and wearing masks is just the minimum we can do to protect each other. Btw 6 employees of the Emporia Kansas Fire Dept. have tested positive for Covid-19, and another 9 are awaiting test results. Do it for them.

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yoda15

Shouldn't people wash their cloth masks after each day, especially if you have coughed or sneezed into it? Is this not common sense? That would prevent the mold from quickly forming on it overnight and then the problem is solved for not having to inhale a moldy mask. If people aren't washing their cloth masks after a daily use, I don't want to know how many people don't change their underwear on a daily basis.

To the opponents of masks, who has an ill family member who is on the verge of going into a facility: Are you aware that many facilities do not allow visitors, so if someone is critically ill and enters a facility, the family members are not allowed to visit. If the person passes away, while at the facility, the family did not have the proper chance to say goodbye and the family member may have passed away without anyone being with them. By not wearing masks, the families who are at-risk could be more at-risk. I would like to think that if anyone has a critically ill family member, he/she would want other people to respect him/her and that family member.

Also to the opponents, please don't complain if schools don't re-open in August, or if schools close again early. Masks could easily be mandatory. If you are worried about kids not wearing them properly, well, school doesn't start for another 4-6 weeks, so there is time to start teaching them how to properly wear them. Then, by the time school starts, there will be a lesser need to worry about them not wearing them properly. It will be obvious who has been wearing a mask and who hasn't on the first day of school. If a teacher has to teach the class how to wear masks, and re-teach, please don't complain about them not having time to learn the basic subjects. Once again, there is plenty of time to start teaching children how to properly start wearing masks, so please start!

What are you really trying to say about Plan 201, or Event 201? Are you saying that by this year's simulation, Bill Gates and the other participants and supporters actually brought Covid-19 to life (like they are at fault and they are the cause of the outbreak) or are you trying to say that the simulation should have shed some light onto the current situation? Like someone else previously posted, if you choose to cite information, please cite recent information by sources in the US. Some information from this year is even outdated, since things are being updated often.

This doesn't pertain the Covid-19 directly, but I feel safe knowing that the POTUS couldn't be reached for approx. 3 hours (please note that I am being sarcastic). I bet if roles were reversed and something bad happened in Kansas, and Kelly was unreachable for an extended amount of time, some of you would be announcing she needs to step down.

In a nutshell, leaders can't please everyone.

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Gary Lukert

You must buy Baloney by the Ton!

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Gary Lukert

Please comment on your post to explain what this post is!

Aim_High

user 75-- I would guess dental offices probably have their patients answer a questionnaire before coming inside, then maybe checking temperature and hand sanitizing? Maybe even some mouthwash... then the dentists wear gloves and mask, or a face shield even..working half capacity maybe... I bet dentists are taking a lot of precautions. No dentists are operating as they did before covid... I would run away if my dentist was maskless. I doubt any dentist wants to be known as a "hotspot" it's not surprising there were no clusters. Masks work.

user75

So you would go to an office with operators wearing anything less than a n95? because that is happening in the state. Aerosols are prevalent in the office all day long. If you are a patient you are walking in and sitting down in an operatory that is filled with aerosols from the previous patient. It is true they are screening, but then again why the mask mandate? Supposedly it is being spread by asymptomatic people right? That is why we need the mask mandate, and yet no asymptomatic people spreading it in dental offices? I don't buy it.

Aim_High

You don't buy it because you're doing mental gymnastics to try and justify not wanting to wear a mask. If a surgical mask/cloth is effective at protecting others, and everyone is wearing a mask, why would I need an N95? The risk is low when everyone has a mask on.

It also sounds like my guess about dentists office procedures were pretty close. Not surprising the virus hasn't spread in places that are doing so much to prevent spread. They're using PPE with a lot of sanitizing before and after each patient. Masks work great.

user75

In dental offices one person is wearing the mask the other is not and yet no spread your right it works even if everyone is not wearing the mask, if you feel you need one wear it if not don’t, that’s what no clusters in dental offices proves

Gary Lukert

Yes on the Temperature and Mask...except, of course, when getting Dental Care. I had 3 appointments a few weeks ago, including a Dental Surgeon appointment. Yes, the Dentists and Techs had Masks and Shields.

Madisonlady217

Yes, they do extra on top of extra precautions. My niece is a hygienist, and it's a scary for them as everyone else. She has to wear so much she can hardly breath and its very difficult and hot for them to wear.

Danno

Four months late but this is the right thing to do. It's sad that so many have to be ordered to do the right thing. I'm so glad I won't have to put up with people breathing near me from now on.

Aim_High

Alfred,

All those masks you see people wearing aren't N95 masks, and even if they were you don't deserve special treatment. Nobody wants you coughing all over the aisles of WalMart with no mask... The fact you say something like "I'm only harming myself" shows how little you understand. This is why the governor has to hold your hand... saaad.

Also most of the "news" you've contributed here has turned out to be Facebook gossip. All the facts you've been spoon fed have been ignored. You're willfully ignorant. Enjoy your mask.

Alfred

Mr Aim High you need to stop making assumptions. I don't go inside of Walmart, and I do not do facebook. stay safe.

Aim_High

Agree to disagree. The myth of masks being ineffective because the covid virus is smaller than the N95 filtering capability originated on Facebook (and has since been removed for being disinformation). Your news source is ultimately Facebook. I hear Wal-Mart has masks on clearance, you should probably pick some up while you're in there. Have a great day.

Alfred

Respect your right to disagree, however I still do not go inside Walmart when I pick up groceries. Place order on line, set the pickup time, (time they set for seniors like my self and others who have compromised systems) and the walmart employee puts them in the trunk of my vehicle without getting anywhere near 6 feet of me. Usually I am the only customer there, but when not I put at least one car space between me and them. I do not and will not wear a mask. They can hunt me down with dogs and Ah64 longbow with flir. stay safe

willsymm25

All we can hope is that this new level of ridiculousness brings about the end of Democratic leadership in KS.

Gary Lukert

So, then, you are also saying Republican Governors in Texas, Arizona and Florida are stupid, too?

Vmae39

They did not send positive Covid back to the nursing homes to infect and kill others like Cuomo did

Gary Lukert

False, Untrue

Vintage Queen

All we can hope is people FINALLY take this seriously and wear a mask and socially-distance before our numbers go up. IF people had JUST worn masks and distanced when things first started opening, the US wouldn't be where it is today. NUMBER ONE FOR COVID CASES. People travel, people can be asymptomatic yet spread it, without masks, we are not just playing with our own lives, but others.

Player 3

Is it really that hard or inconvenient to simply put on a mask!

If it stops/slows the virus, super! If not, we wore a mask and lost nothing! No extra money, no effort, no ill effects at all.

I'm not that smart, but what actual harm does wearing a mask actually do?

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

OSHA on cloth masks, just the highlights: "Are not considered personal protective equipment (PPE).

Will not protect the wearer against airborne transmissible infectious agents due to loose fit and lack of seal or inadequate filtration." Yeah, I know it didn't come from CNN, but............

Aim_High

Nobody ever said a cloth mask protects the wearer... Why would it be considered PPE if it doesn't protect the person wearing it? Maybe you don't understand the word "personal"? I thought for sure you would be more educated on a homemade cloth mask than this...

Here's a current link explaining the usefulness of cloth facemasks... please read it so you don't show up with breaking news "cloth masks are not considered PPE". and calling it a HIGHLIGHT.... SAAD!! I'm not sure how many times it's been said a cloth mask doesn't protect the person wearing it..

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html

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Kansasforever

Sorry Gary he is right only ppe can protect the wearer

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Vmae39

Try blaming Governor Cuomo for thousands of covid 19 deaths!!

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Aim_High

I see you have trust in sciencedaily.com but you're having to search back clear to 2015 to find sentences that suit your political agenda...

Perhaps try a more current (2 months ago) article from from your source titled "Wearing surgical masks in public could help slow COVID-19 pandemic's advance" and also claiming "the masks significantly reduced the amounts of various airborne viruses" I'll post the link for you. You're welcome.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200403132345.htm

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Aim_High

Testing accuracy is in the upper 90%. This is the USA, not Dubai. A test with 30% accuracy would never fly here. (Wouldn't a test that's only 30% accurate technically be 70% accurate?) For sources on testing accuracy just go back a week or two the last time you made these silly claims and the sources are there. Maybe you just missed them.

If you're still worried about cloth masks, just get an N95. It definitely helps prevent spread by being able to filter viruses. For sources on mask effectiveness, just ask Alfred and he can tell you how the N95 filters down to 0.3 microns and is effective at catching particles down to 0.1 microns, even though coronavirus in the air will never be smaller than 1 micron. He's got all the sources to prove it.

Aim_High

Pretty sad this even had to be mandated... but some people don't understand how masks work or find them fashionable. Instead of acknowledging the facts they'd rather go off what Fox News said 3 months ago. Saaaad.

Alfred

Been waiting for you Mr. Aim High. According to you the mask will protect the people who wear them, because the virus can not get through even though it is smaller then what the mask can filter down too, so my not wearing a mask should be no problem for anyone accept for me, and according to some BLM people my life does not matter, so where's the harm.

Aim_High

Sorry to keep you waiting, I see none of the reading material I sent you has managed to sink in... So I guess class is back in session.

The N95 protects the person wearing it, cloth masks are better at protecting others around you. Let me know if you need the sources explaining this again, or look for yourself on WebMD, CDC, KDHE, 3M or Honeywell websites happy to help.

If the medical experts who use these masks, and manufacturers of said masks isn't enough to convince you, I've found the debate-ending indisputable source no self-respecting republican would ever argue with. https://www.foxnews.com/health/wearing-face-mask-reduce-coronavirus-transmission-75-percent-study-shows

Your refusal to wear a mask inside a public building allows your germs to spread easily, creating a problem for everyone around you. It's not the publics fault that you don't understand how a mask works... Your self-centered way of thinking isn't going to get you a free pass, it's going to get you trespassed, lol.

Alfred

Mr. Aim High. You said it. "The N95 protects the person wearing it." ,and as long as everyone around me is wearing one when I make may rare once a week outing for a grocery pickup at Walmart I am only harming myself by not wearing the N95, and as I said what does it "Matter" As far as the News I do not believe any of the major news outlets. ( i.e. oan, fox, drudge, brietbart, cnn, msnbc, ABC, NBC, CBS etc.) You will never guess the news I do follow outside of the gazette (which is not very good), so don't even bother making assumptions about me, and what news I follow. Best to you and stay safe with your mask.

user75

Governor Kelly did mention no clusters in dental offices. Let me tell you what the governor did not mandate, any laws whatsoever about what level of mask or PPE are needed in the dental office only recommendations not mandates. Dental offices in the state of KS could and can operate just as they did before covid and it is perfectly legal. So ask yourself that question, why are there no cluster of cases in the dental offices? Remember patients cannot wear masks as they are being worked on and almost no offices have a filtration system like hospitals do, and operators are not required to wear N95 masks. Yet as she said no clusters. This proves that if it is not spreading in offices where aerosols are spread all day long and people are being worked on with mouths open for hours and very close proximity to one another. It is not as bad as they are playing it out to be. So Governor you can't have it both ways either it is very contagious and you should have mandated offices with the proper PPE and clusters would be breaking out in multiple offices across the state. Or you sending offices back without proper PPE and no clusters proves not as contagious as they are saying it is. Think about it people, wake up!

Gary Lukert

Thanks for your comments! Right On!

Gary Lukert

Where Masks have been the order, Covid 19 is way, way down!

Out Of Here Prev: SnowGypsy

"Bah" said the sheep.

Gary Lukert

Right On!

Alfred

Makes no difference to me, and what I do.

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