Kansas officials preparing for potential Coronavirus fight

The Kansas Health Department’s top administrator says health officials are monitoring up to a dozen people a day for the possibility that they have the new coronavirus.

Secretary Lee Norman also said Wednesday that the Department of Health and Environment now can do its own testing.

Norman had a news conference with Gov. Laura Kelly a day after the department launched an online resource center to disseminate information about coronavirus.

A legislative committee also approved an increase on Wednesday in state aid to local health departments.

Kansas has had no confirmed cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, but Norman said a positive test is inevitable.