By the Associated Press and KFDI News:

Kansas health officials report a new pandemic record for average daily hospitalizations.

The state had an average of 26.29 new coronavirus hospitalizations per day for the seven days ending Monday. The previous high was 23.86 for the seven days ending Friday.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also reported that the state saw 1,597 new confirmed and probable cases since Friday, an increase of 2.5%, bringing the total cases to 62,708. The state health department also reported eight new COVID-19-related deaths since Friday, bringing the total to 706.

Governor Laura Kelly said in her weekly news conference Monday that it will take a commitment from all Kansans to slow the spread of COVID-19, and she expressed thanks to all of the people who have been wearing masks and practicing social distancing.    She also thanked county commissioners who have enacted mask mandates.

The governor said politics has clouded the public health conversation over the coronavirus, but the virus will be spreading in communities regardless of the election results, “until we all take the threat seriously and act accordingly.”

Governor Kelly also said the state will receive 870,000 rapid test kits for COVID-19, as promised last week by the White House.    She said the first shipment of 57,000 tests has been received, and the rest are expected to come in during the next three months.   She said the tests will help with the state’s new unified testing strategy to protect nursing homes, schools and other facilities.   The White House announced that over 100 million rapid tests will be distributed across the country.