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Gov. Kelly: Kansas receives first shipment of rapid tests

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Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 1:07 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas has received its first shipment of rapid tests produced by Abbott, Governor Laura Kelly announced on Monday.

The governor said last week during a phone with Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar and Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Admiral Brett Girar it was announced that 100 million rapid tests would be shipped to governors across the nation. Gov. Kelly said Kansas was allotted 870,000 and has already received a shipment of 50,000. The remaining tests will be distributed over the next three months.

Gov. Kelly said the tests, in line with the federal government’s plan, would go to schools, nursing homes and then correctional facilities. She said they would also be used in high-risk, congregate areas where the virus was at risk of spreading.

Kansas reported 1,597 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday and eight new deaths. Gov. Kelly said now is not the time to “accept these preventable deaths or become numb to the loss of life.”

She stressed Kansans can do take precautions to save lives and help keep the economy and schools open. Those include measures include wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding gatherings.

Gov. Laura Kelly will be holding her weekly COVID-19 news conference on Monday at 4:00 p.m.

Her news conference comes after the state reported 1,597 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday and eight new deaths.

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