The Kansas governor is shifting restrictions related to COVID-19 to county health officials.
But as of press time Tuesday, it was not immediately clear what measures may be put in place in Leavenworth County.
Gov. Laura Kelly announced Tuesday afternoon that she was vetoing a bill approved last week by state lawmakers. And as a result of her veto, she was issuing a new emergency declaration for the state.
Kelly said her statewide plan for gradually easing restrictions related to COVID-19 will no longer be mandatory but serve as guidance.
She said each county will now be able to set its own measures.
The state had been in Phase 2 of the governor’s statewide plan which limited mass gatherings to 15 people and placed other restrictions on businesses.
If county health officials want to keep the Phase 2 measures in place, they will need to issue their own orders, Kelly said.
A message left with a spokeswoman for the Leavenworth County Health Department’s COVID-19 response team late Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.
Kelly also said Tuesday that she is calling for a special session of the Kansas Legislature to begin June 3 so lawmakers can extend the state’s new emergency declaration.
The Leavenworth County Health Department announced Tuesday that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county have reached a total of 1,070. This number includes 815 cases involving inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility and 67 cases involving staff and inmates at the Grossman Center halfway house in Leavenworth.
Also Tuesday, County Attorney Todd Thompson announced his office will temporarily reduce diversion fees for traffic offenses except those involving DUIs.
“We understand the economic impact everyone is facing due to the mandatory quarantine,” Thompson said in a news release.
According to the news release, the traffic diversion program allows drivers to keep traffic tickets from appearing on their record. The fee for traffic-related diversions typically is $150. But that is being reduced to $30 until Aug. 31.