CORONAVIRUS: Lyon County Health Officer, Governor Kelly note slowdown in caseload Featured

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Lyon County Health Officer Renee Hively says the county's coronavirus tracking data is showing a downward trend -- finally.

Lyon County had its lowest weekend increase in two months as part of Monday's tri-weekly report. It also had the lowest number of active cases in almost two months.

This comes as Governor Laura Kelly says the pandemic is slowing down at the state level -- at least for now -- after a nearly month-long jump in cases in November. She says the unified testing strategy, including free tests, work by the Kansas Leadership Center and partners across and including the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce and a multi-million-dollar public service campaign, are part of the reason why.

Kelly also credited part of the slowdown to counties opting into her plan for mask usage.

Hively is urging people to heed the advice of public health officials, both at the local and state levels, to have small family gatherings -- both for Christmas this week and New Year's Eve next week. She's looking ahead to next year and hoping for "much brighter" circumstances if we can get past the pandemic.

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