Kansas coronavirus cases up to 428

March 31, 2020 - 4:28 pm

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Coronavirus cases in Kansas have reached 428. It was 368 on Monday. The Kansas Department of Health reports nine deaths. The state is not reporting recoveries.

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly says she has also taken action to help those who have lost their jobs or been furloughed during the pandemic.

Kelly says the Kansas Department of Labor went from an average of 1,800 unemployment claims per week at the beginning of March to more than 60,000 as of Sunday. She said the department got 877,000 calls Monday.

In order to deal with the influx of calls, the department has double the capacity at its call centers, workers are putting in extended hours and workers are transitioning from other agencies to help with the calls.

Kelly says the quickest way to file for unemployment is online at GetKansasBenefits.gov. She says that if workers call in, they should be prepared to be patient and not hang up. She said redials were a lot of Monday’s call volume. The toll-free number is (800) 292-6333.

Kelly also signed an executive order to get more financial help for unemployed workers.

Some of the key points are:

All employers in Kansas must let unemployed workers know about the availability of unemployment insurance benefits at the time of separation from employment.

The waiting week requirement for benefits is temporarily waived for all claimants.

The requirement that claimants actively seek work each week is temporarily waived.

Read the complete order here:

Governor Laura Kelly Executive Order 20-17

Kansas coronavirus details

Total Positive Cases 428

Private Labs 324

Kansas Health and Environmental Labs (KHEL) 104

Deaths 9

Out-of-State Resident Positive Cases* (not counted in KS #s) 2

Total Negative Cases for Kansans Note: Update on 3/29 should have read 4,194 negative 4,996.

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