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Kansas Is An Example Of Why 'Politics & Pandemics Don't Go Together,' State Health Director Says

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Jim McLean
Kansas News Service
Dr. Lee Norman gives a media briefing in March. As of July 22, the state of Kansas has reported 308 deaths due to COVID-19, more than 1,500 hospitalizations and more than 24,100 total infections.

The health secretary has tweeted that Kansas' initial response to the coronavirus was "a shining example of success."

Since Gov. Laura Kelly's reopening plan became guidance — and not a requirement — known cases of the coronavirus have been trending in the wrong direction, said Dr. Lee Norman. He said the mistake is "some counties just (opened) the doors up and said business as usual."

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