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June 8, 2020Topeka, Kan. |  By: AP

Governor: Kansas counties shouldn't feel push to ease rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says counties "shouldn't feel pressure"to loosen restrictions if they aren't seeing a decline in new coronavirus cases or new hospitalizations.

Kelly made the comment Monday with cases increasing faster in the four most populous counties than the state as a whole.

Kelly said she's feeling hopeful because Kansas is making enough progress in containing the novel coronavirus for most of the state's 105 counties to loosen restrictions further. 

Her office and the state health department are advising local officials that as of Monday they can allow mass gatherings of up to 45 people and open swimming pools.