Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Officials in Kansas, US, extend stay-at-home order through at least May 3; exemptions on essential activities apply.

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Wichita, Kansas
  • Dodge City, Kansas
  • Manhattan, Kansas
  • Topeka, Kansas
  • Salina, Kansas
  • Liberal, Kansas
  • Hays, Kansas
  • Goodland, Kansas

This alert began 16 Apr 2020 02:12 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 May 2020 06:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Kansas (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 3
  • Impact: Movement restrictions, significant transport and business disruptions

Summary
Officials in Kansas have extended a statewide stay-at-home order through May 3. Under the order, residents are to remain indoors unless performing essential activities, which include:

  • Shopping for groceries, medicine, and other necessities
  • Seeking medical assistance
  • Traveling to and from work for businesses and organizations that provide essential services
  • Engaging in outdoor recreation as long as social distancing measures are followed; gatherings are limited to groups of 10
  • Providing care for children, family members, or vulnerable persons


These measures, published in an Executive Order by Governor Laura Kelly, are part of the state's effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Nonessential businesses remain closed; essential businesses that can remain open are those that sell, produce, or distribute basic goods, banks, healthcare facilities, fuel stations, and those in the security, transport, and media industries. Authorities in Kansas, as of March 27, further mandate that individuals returning from Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois, New Jersey, California, Florida, or New York quarantine for 14 days. All K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Nonessential businesses may operate only if their employees work from home or if they can comply with social distancing directives.

Significant transport and business disruptions are likely. Authorities will almost certainly deploy additional security personnel to assist in enforcing the measure. Officials could amend the orders on short notice, depending on the disease activity in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by authorities in Kansas are similar to actions adopted by other governments in the US and globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in the areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
WHO Coronavirus Knowledge Base: www.who.int

Governor of Kansas: governor.kansas.gov

Kansas Stay at Home Order: governor.kansas.gov