Kelly issues executive order to ease hospital burden

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Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday declared a new short-term emergency, signing executive orders aimed at relieving hospitals and nursing homes struggling with staffing shortages as COVID-19 rages again with the spread of a new variant.

Kelly declared a 15-day emergency, clearing the way for executive orders that will give hospitals and nursing homes more flexibility to use staffers to treat and test Kansans who are coming down with COVID-19 in increasing numbers.

"Our hospitals have sounded the alarm of the impact this surge is having on the facilities, their staff and their patients," Kelly said.

"We . . .

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