Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday's new coronavirus case numbers in her state show an increase of nearly 1,000 reported cases to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since Friday.
There has been an increase of 14 clusters since last Wednesday, and seven of those active clusters are related directly to gatherings at bars and restaurants, Kelly said. This brings that state total of clusters to 235, with 118 of them considered active.
“There are no clusters at this time connected to barbershops, nail salons, or any other close contact service. That is not a coincidence,” Kelly told reporters Monday afternoon. “It is more proof that masks and hygienic business practices do indeed work."
Kelly reported that Kansas has had nearly 3,500 new Covid-19 cases in the past two weeks, which is the steepest rate of increase the state has seen since the pandemic began. This brings the state's total case count to more than 16,000 cases, Kelly said.
There have been about 280 deaths from Covid-19 in the state, Kelly said.
The governor said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommended the state remain in phase three of its reopening.