Kansas to consider COVID-19 testing for prisons and long-term care homes

The state’s top public health administrator says Kansas is considering testing all prison inmates and residents of long-term care homes for coronavirus.

Dr. Lee Norman made the comment Wednesday as long-term care homes accounted for more than half of the state’s reported COVID-19-related deaths and a state prison dealt with a major outbreak.

Norman said the state hasn’t had the testing materials to take such a step but is approaching the ability to do so.

Gov. Laura Kelly also has said expanded testing is key to gradually reopening the state’s economy after she imposed a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30.