Mar 25, 2020 1:03 PM

More than half of Kansas under stay-at-home orders

Posted Mar 25, 2020 1:03 PM

TOPEKA, KAN. (AP) — More than half of Kansas residents are facing orders to stay at home except for essential services, such as buying groceries or receiving health care.

At least 10 counties have issued orders for their residents to stay home in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some of the orders take affect Wednesday while others will start early Thursday. Counties that added orders Tuesday included Sedgwick, the home of Wichita, the state's largest city, and Shawnee, which includes the state capital of Topeka.

Gov. Laura Kelly has not issued a statewide stay-at-home order but she said on Monday that it might become “unavoidable” as more positive cases of COVID-19 are reported.

As of Tuesday, Kansas was reporting at least 98 positive cases, with two deaths. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the ages of those who tested positive ranged from 7 to 90, with the median age of 52.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.