Kansas Dems Claim Statehouse COVID Outbreak As Contact Tracing Kaput

Argument over the pandemic persists in Topeka and includes public health concern from quite a few metro officials.

Meanwhile, the public basically OPTED OUT of a key component of plague prevention . . . 

Kansas ending 'futile' COVID-19 contact tracing

Here are the basics of the latest Democratic Party outcry according to a prog blog . . .

The Kansas Department for Health and Environment on Wednesday reported 128 more deaths from COVID-19, along with 151 hospitalizations and 39,326 cases since Friday.

“Leadership doesn’t seem to care,” said Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita. “They have thrown in the towel on preventing the spread of this disease in the Kansas Legislature, and I fear that within days we’ll have a hard time finding a quorum around this place.”

Alexis Simmons, a spokeswoman for House Democrats, confirmed that three members of the caucus have tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the session. They declined to be identified. Two more, Rep. Heather Meyer, D-Overland Park, and Rep. Brandon Woodard, D-Lenexa, said they tested positive shortly before the start of the session.

Woodard and Meyer both said they are fully vaccinated and boosted. Meyer stayed away from the Statehouse during the first week of the session.

“I hear my constituents say they are tired, and my former colleagues in health care talk about how concerned they are about this surge,” Meyer said. “At this point, we are all exhausted and overwhelmed by the pandemic, which is why it’s important for everyone to step up their game, and continue to do all that we can to help stop the spread because we won’t beat this virus if we don’t work together.”

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com news link . . .

Kansas lawmakers test positive for COVID-19, worry about lax safety at Statehouse - Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA - Democrats in the Kansas House are worried about lax health safety protocols, relocated COVID-19 testing, and the confirmed and rumored infections of legislators and staff. Few lawmakers regularly wear a mask at the Statehouse, despite record-setting numbers of hospitalizations and escalating death totals from COVID-19.