AP: Kansas governor signs bill extending disaster declaration

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TOPEKA, Kan. — Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill to extend the state’s disaster emergency declaration, allowing Kansas to continue to tap into resources for its pandemic response efforts.

The legislation signed Monday extends the declaration to March 31. Health officials say 132,145 people, or about 4.5% of the state’s population, have received the COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday. Meanwhile, the state has added another 2,602 COVID-19 cases since Friday, pushing Kansas’ pandemic total to 269,255 cases.

It has reported 24 more coronavirus-related deaths since Friday, bringing the state’s death toll to at least 3,622.

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