By the Associated Press and KFDI News:
Kansas communities have lifted restrictions on businesses and public gatherings and a few have seen big increases in reported coronavirus cases.
In Riley County, reported cases more than doubled to 156 during the two-week period ending Wednesday. That prompted its health officer to reimpose a 50-person limit on public gatherings and limit bars and restaurants to 75% capacity. The commanding general at nearby Fort Riley restricted soldiers’ visits to the Aggieville bar and restaurant district in Manhattan.
But an even more dramatic increase in Crawford County in southeast Kansas tied to an outbreak at a bacon-processing plant isn’t prompting local officials to go back to previous restrictions.
Sedgwick County is staying with Phase 2 restrictions from Governor Laura Kelly’s reopening plan, but that is considered to be a recommendation and decisions are left up to individual businesses. Some restaurants and businesses in Wichita have closed again after employees tested positive for COVID-19. The county reported 1,001 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, with 28 deaths. There are 349 active cases and 624 people have recovered. The county has tested over 26-thousand people for COVID-19.