(AP) – Kansas’ coronavirus positivity rate has topped 20%, even as one GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s call for a statewide mask mandate.
Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle said Thursday that a “one-size-fits-all COVID solution doesn’t work for our diverse state.” More than 90 of the state’s 105 counties have opted out of the mask order.
Kelly said Wednesday that she will speak with House and Senate leaders to develop a bipartisan mask requirement with more teeth. According to The COVID Tracking Project, the seven-day rolling average of the positivity rate in Kansas rose from 15.04% on Oct. 7 to 20.64% on Wednesday.