It was announced over the weekend that Kansas has its first confirmed case of Coronavirus. Now is not a time for panic. It is a time for caution and common sense.

We need to be vigilant in avoiding direct human contact as those with symptoms may not know they are infected. We need to make sure we wash our hands and avoid contact with our face. Here is a link to the CDC’s prevention recommendations.

Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you think you have the virus, please self-quarantine and follow the CDC recommendations found here.

Governor Kelly’s administration is doing a good job keeping the legislature briefed and managing this potential crisis. We stand ready to work with her to make sure the state’s response meets the demands needed. At the federal level, Vice President Mike Pence is doing an outstanding job managing the federal response and Congress acted quickly to provide the administration the resources they need.

As former Chair of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, I have confidence in our ability to deal with this virus and manage the challenges ahead. This is an issue, that despite political differences on other important issues, everyone in Kansas government stands united to work together on.

Please join me in praying for the person in Johnson County afflicted along with those around the world. Also, keep the leaders managing this virus in your prayers.


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