State officials now say Kansas may be near, or may have already peaked in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths. Now comes the difficult part of trying to pick up the pieces of the shattered economy and get it up and running again. The number of deaths attributed to coronavirus in Kansas actually dropped on Friday from 112 to 111 because of a counting error. Positive cases increased, but health experts say that is only natural because the increase comes as Kansas, where the testing rate had been among the lowest in the nation, also increased testing. Governor Laura Kelly now says she believes Kansas should be able to move forward this week with a plan of recovery, and reopening the economy in phases while addressing an imminent budget crisis. While emergency federal funding has been approved, it can’t be used by state’s simply to plug holes in their budgets that existed prior to the breakout of coronavirus.