Four more cases found in Cowley County since weekend

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she will issue an executive order mandating the use of masks in public starting Friday to stop the spread of COVID-19.

"The evidence could not be clearer — wearing a mask is not only safe, but it is necessary to avoid another shutdown," the Democratic governor told reporters Monday.

Kelly's executive order would require every Kansan to wear a mask if they are around other people. She said her administration will issue specific guidance later this week and will work with the attorney general's office to implement the policy.

Local officials would enforce the policy.

""This is all we have to fight this virus and it is up to each of us to do our part," Kelly said.

Kansas health officials reported on Monday at least 14,443 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 905 since Friday. The state also had six more deaths from COVID-19, bring the total number of deaths in the state to 270. Kansas reported that 1,152 people had been hospitalized.

In Cowley County, overall cases rose to 70, according to state figures. Local case numbers had not been updated as 5 p.m. Monday and still showed 66, the same as Friday, with 21 active cases. 

Sumner County showed 11 overall cases and Sedgwick County had reached 1,260.

In Kay County, Okla., there had been 92 cases, but there also had been 68 recoveries and seven deaths, according to state figures.

CourierTraveler reporter David A. Seaton contributed to this report.

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