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Sept. 22, 2020Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

Gov. Kelly concerned about state's response to coronavirus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she is concerned about the state's ability to slow the spread of the coronavirus as newly confirmed cases and deaths continue to rise.

She says the state's lack of coherent statewide mask mandates and an ineffective, patchwork response to the pandemic endangers state residents and could slow economic recovery because employers want to be sure their employees have access to good health care.

State health officials reported on Monday 53,959 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 600 deaths since the pandemic began - an increase of 1,674 cases and four deaths over the weekend.