WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Aircraft parts maker Spirit Aerosystems temporarily suspended production work for Boeing at its Wichita facility on Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak that has been sending shock waves through the economy and has more than half of Kansas residents under shelter-in-place orders.

The move came after Boeing announced Monday that it was suspending operations at its Seattle-area facilities.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday that she was limiting public gatherings to 10 people or fewer, after originally instituting a 50-person cap. She said she wasn't issuing a statewide shelter-in-place order as some other governors have done because 89 of Kansas' 105 counties had yet to see a confirmed coronavirus case as of Monday morning. But she warned that such an order could become “unavoidable in the coming days.”

Several other counties on Tuesday ordered residents to stay home except for essential business, such as groceries or health care. They include Sedgwick County, home to Wichita, the state's largest city, and Shawnee, which includes the state capital of Topeka. Morris and Atchison counties also issued stay-at-home orders Tuesday. More than half of the state's 2.9 million residents are now under stay-at-home orders.

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple thanked Sedgwick County officials for taking a step that he said might not be politically popular but is the right thing to do. He compared the virus outbreak to dealing with severe weather.

“We have a storm coming, we need to bunker down right now and make sure we are keeping ourselves safe,” Whipple said. “We're going to get through this and be better. But for right now, this storm is coming.”

Another county, Doniphan County in the state's northeast corner, also was imposing a stay-at-home order starting Thursday and lasting through April 6.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment confirmed on Tuesday the state has 98 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It has two COVID-19-related deaths, one in Johnson County and the other in Wyandotte County in the Kansas City area.

Johnson County had the most reported cases in the state with 36, followed by Wyandotte County with 22. Sedgwick and Leavenworth counties each had seven cases.

The agency also announced on Tuesday that Kansas WIC program participants and new applicants will be able to receive benefits without having to be physically present. Staff will assess and certify remotely applicants for the nutrition program for low-income pregnant women, infants and children. The waiver expires May 31, unless extended.

For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness.

Tyson Foods said in an email Tuesday that all of its meatpacking plants were operating because it is considered critical infrastructure. As a precaution, though, the company said it was taking workers' temperatures before they enter U.S. facilities and making changes to its disability and other benefits so that workers can receive pay while they're home sick with the flu or COVID-19.

The Wyandotte County district attorney's office sought to reassure immigrants who are in the country illegally, saying in a news release that they won't be arrested or detained for seeking medical help.

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Hollingsworth and Stafford reported from Kansas City, Missouri.

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