A new executive order from Governor Laura Kelly now requires COVID-19 testing in adult care homes across the state. Staff and residents living and working in state licensed adult care homes are now mandated to receive testing.

The order will go into effect Monday, Dec. 14. According to that executive order, the positive test result rate in a county will determine how often staff get tested. A rate higher than 10% means testing twice a week.

"By implementing uniformed testing guidelines, my administration hopes to provide clarity for nursing facilities statewide on the testing practices that will protect their workers, their residents, and their communities from the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Kelly.

"So for example in Kansas right now for most nursing facilities, given the breadth of our community spread, that means testing of all staff twice a week," commented Laura Howard, Secretary of the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

The order also says staffers with symptoms or signs of coronavirus must be tested and will be restricted from the facility pending results. Residents who show symptoms must be tested. If there is an outbreak at a facility, all staff and residents must be tested, and those who test negative must be retested every three to seven days until there are no new cases for at least 14 days.