Here is a sampling of social media comments about stories from across the state:
Dodge City Facebook Page: Here's what the Dodge City mask mandate means.
Pat Mercado: Maybe........ or until people are cautiously smart and don’t go places or be around others when they are not feeling well. This is one of the reasons this has blown up. Notice I said ONE of the reasons. Too many truly do not care if they pass it on. Our hospitals can not handle the numbers. Just think if you had a heart attack, stroke or something else where you NEED to be in the hospital and there are no beds because COVID has taken ALL the beds. Please think in those terms, people!
Veronica Gutierrez: What about our local bars and businesses that are not going to be enforcing the mandate will they get fined !?
Jason Melia: Mr Nuci was the only smart one in the whole group. Wearing a mask is a personal responsibility not something the city overlords should be requiring.
Ashley Selfridge (Jason Melia): in a public health crisis they can do this. The best mitigation is going to be from everyone wearing them. The most important person to have them on is the carrier. Too many people don’t get symptoms.
Johnny Dunlap II (Jason Melia): your choice will endanger others so "your" choice affects more than your toddler-like self.
Nikki Hdz: What’s next? Be forced to wear it until you get a vaccine ?
Hutchinson News Facebook: Reno County gatherings limited to 10
Dayna Richardson: Hopefully, our citizens will do what is right for ALL of us. Let’s focus on the greater good, not our selfishness and self-centeredness. We are Americans!!!!’
KarenandMichael Dennett: I am so sick of these two commissioners and their stupidity that vote or this nonsense them too liberal needs to step down and get out of the way and quit passing this stupidity
Ami Jo Temple: How is this going to be enforced?
Pittsburg Morning Sun Facebook: Forbes says Kansas one of 10 riskiest states to visit
Jeremy Brittle: Yet I haven't got it haven't and will not wear a mask.
Suzan Elaine: Not if you wear a good mask properly and keep you hands clean.
Anna Patton-Hall: That should make Kansas proud...lol
Salina Journal Facebook: Gov. Kelly issues second statewide mask mandate
Chris Pembleton: Good, hopefully Salina leaders will take action and help mitigate the uncontrollable spread. No reason to continue turning a blind eye to people dying.
Tom Birdsey: The tests are flawed. Wake up!! She can't MAKE us do anything!!!
Roger Barrett: No authority to mandate but she can suggest!
Daniel Blouch: Or else ? AND GOD SAID THO SHALL WEAR A Mask. Nope. Dont remember that one
Topeka Capital-Journal Facebook: Stormont Vail hits COVID-19 patient capacity
Brian Arreguin: I thought Trump said we wouldn't hear about Covid after the election? He must have been mistaken! Hopefully the new administration will actually protect the American people.
Bill Barnes (Brian Arreguin): what will Biden do? Lock us down and cause more misery.
MerriAnnie Smith (Brian Arreguin): Trump lies. People die.
Laura Freeze Ho: I’m now living in a Northern California county with a population ten times that of Shawnee County, but with half the number of current hospitalizations. It’s really hard not to worry about family back there!
Diana Bradley Ashwill: This is scary! Morons need to mask up and shut up!
Gail Ralston: Just turn away the people who have said they don’t believe in the virus. Problem solved.
Robert Havens: Thank you republican state legislature. These deaths are on your hands
Kem Sloop: Anyone know of a scientific, controlled study that proves that masks stop the Covid virus?