TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday directed that flags be lowered to half-staff across the state to recognize that more than 5,000 Kansans have now lost their lives to COVID-19.
The order extends until sundown on Sunday. As of midday Friday, the coronavirus had been blamed for 5,016 deaths in Kansas.
Kelly, in a news release, says the best way to honor the memories of victims "is by getting vaccinated" and practicing health protocols to protect against the spread of the virus.