Welcome to the weekly update from the Office of Governor Laura Kelly.

This week, Governor Kelly’s statewide State of Disaster Emergency Declaration was extended, which will allow Kansas to continue responding to the pandemic while keeping Kansans healthy, fed, and in their homes.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

Governor Kelly’s State Disaster Emergency Declaration Extended, Allowing State to Continue Leverage Resources Keeping Kansans Healthy, Fed, and in their Homes

Listen to the meeting here

  • “The disaster declaration allows our state to provide community-based testing, provide vital support to food banks and pantries, and provide our hospitals and first responders with much-needed Personal Protective Equipment,” Governor Kelly said. “I appreciate the State Finance Council for voting to pass the extension.”

Press

WIBW

Hays Post

Governor Kelly Urges U.S. House Financial Services Committee to Support States in COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

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  • “We need continued investments at the local level to allow for decisions that best respond to individual community needs,” Governor Kelly said. “We need support for strategic investments to stop the spread of the virus, enhance the state’s ability to respond, protect our schools, and provide needed economic assistance to small businesses. We need the federal government to support states and support Kansans who are struggling.”

Press

The Wichita Eagle

KTEN

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Reflector

Governor Kelly Encourages Kansans to Receive Flu Shot to Stay Healthy, Decrease Burden on Health Care System

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  • “Increased flu-related visits to the hospital present challenges for our health care system every year – but will be particularly difficult to cope with while we are in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic,” Governor Kelly said. “I encourage all Kansans to receive a flu shot and protect the health and safety of our communities, while also decreasing the burden on our health care workers, freeing them up to treat patients who have contracted COVID-19.” 

Press

KSN

WIBW

FourStates Homepage

Governor Kelly announces New PPE Program to Ensure Kansas Business Owners can Protect Employees, Stay Open for Business

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  • “Businesses in our state have experienced immense challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and they need our support,” Governor Kelly said. “By making sure Kansas business owners have access to the necessary protective equipment when they need it, they can not only protect their employees and customers but also make sure they can stay open for business.”

Press

KRSL

WIBW

FOX 4 KC

Governor Kelly Announces Kansas to Receive $63 Million in Unemployment Funds to Keep Jobless Individuals, Families Safe and Healthy During Pandemic

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  • “I appreciate the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its quick response to my administration’s application, and for making these funds available to those who need them throughout our state and nation,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “We will work to distribute these dollars as quickly and efficiently as possible to keep Kansas families in their homes and food on their tables.  However, it is still critically important for Congress to create a coherent strategy and act on a long-term solution for those who have found themselves unable to work due to the pandemic’s impact on our economy.”

Press

WIBW

KRSL

KSHB

The Topeka Capital-Journal

ICYMI:

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lawrence Journal-World

The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Reflector