5,000 COVID-19 victims; Kelly orders flags at half-staff

Laura Kelly
Posted at 8:06 PM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 21:06:17-04

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.