Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has asked state employees to go back to working from home owing to the rise in COVID-19 cases.
It has been around 10 weeks since state workers returned to normal operations.
The rise in COVID cases caused by the delta variant has caused the decision of reverting to remote work. The state has roughly 941 new cases of the virus every day. Hospitals are reporting strained capacity because of staff shortage.
“The decision to return to remote work was not made lightly — but we know that this is a necessary step to prevent COVID-19 infections. I am confident that our state employees will continue to provide quality services to all Kansans who need them.”Laura Kelly, Kansas Governor
State workers will work fully remotely from September 3. They will continue to work from home until October 4.
Offices with in-person services will comply with an appointment-only system.
At a press conference on Friday, Laura Kelly expressed concern over the rising number of COVID cases and deaths in the state.
14% of Kansas hospitals reported last week that critical staffing shortages can be expected as the cases continue to rise.
“It shouldn’t be like this, but COVID-19 infections are more rampant today than they were before the vaccine was available.”Laura Kelly, Kansas Governor
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