Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly extends statewide stay-at-home order to May 3

Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 19:12:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended the statewide stay-at-home order until midnight on May 3, she announced in a Wednesday press conference.

The order was previously set to expire at midnight on April 19.

The governor said she made the decision because models predict the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Kansas to happen sometime between April 19 and April 29.

In order to reopen the state, public health officials need to see the number of cases steadily decreasing for 14 days, the governor said.

Kelly said she has been in conversation with Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and mayors in the Kansas City area.

41 Action News spoke with Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas about the order and what it's been like working with two governors.

"I think we are blessed to be a bi-state area. There have been times i have been blessed by something Gov. Kelly has done that Gov. Parson hadn't and vice versa," Lucas said. "This is why the Core4 meets. It's why the greater Kansas City area meets, because we know if one side of things does something without the other knowing what's going on, then we are not going to get the efficiency we need."

Parson did not say if he would extend Missouri's order Wednesday, but urged Missourians to stay at home so the state could reopen sooner.