KS Gov. Kelly recommends remaining in Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases trend upward

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 18:02:49-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday she is recommending communities remain in Phase 3 of the Ad Astra recovery plan.

Kelly said that before the Ad Astra plan became a recommendation rather than a requirement, the number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas was trending downward.

After she lifted the order, however, case numbers leveled off and started to surge again during the last two weeks.

For that reason, Kelly said she is asking communities to remain at Phase 3 and continue practicing health safety guidelines, including wearing a mask.

“This serves as a reminder that we are not out to the woods," Kelly said. "We have got to continue to aggressively practice the public health recommendations in the Ad Astra plan. That means wearing a mask, staying home when you're sick, avoiding mass gatherings and social distancing. It is the only way to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”

“Phase Out” of the Ad Astra plan was set to begin Monday, but Kelly and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are now advising communities to stay in Phase 3 for at least two more weeks.

Phase 3 limits mass gatherings to 45 or fewer people, as well as allowing businesses and other facilities to reopen given they follow all public health guidelines.

There are no restrictions on on-site staffed or nonessential travel under Phase 3.