Numbers and resources tonight . . .
KCMO Health Department: As of April 16, KCMO has recorded 389 positive COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths
KCTV5: According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are 1,588 cases in the state and 80 people have died.
KMBC: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Thursday 152 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are 5,111 confirmed cases.
After the jump we share more news links, human interest stories and roundup reports regarding the local impact of the pandemic:
Kansas City Mayor Q Answers Lockdown Questions
Thursday, April 16, Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas extended the citywide stay-at-home order until Friday, May 15. The order was originally set to expire Friday, April 24. In a recent interview, Mayor Lucas discussed his perspective on how Kansas City has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, his priorities, how he is working with schools during this time, and what it has taught him in his leadership role.
Kansas City Newsie Niceness Stays Winning Cash
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, THANK YOU! Together, we were able to raise $1,062,008 in donations for One KC. Wow! Combined with the $1 million dollar match from the Hall Family Foundation and Sunderland Foundation, the total raised today is $2,062,008. KC, you opened up your hearts and your wallets.
Local Farmers Suffer Mooooolah Drought
Meat and dairy suppliers are among the hardest hit in the agriculture industry by coronavirus-related closures. With demand from schools, restaurants and exports down, dairy farmers are seeing a surplus of milk."For a cow, once you stop milking her there is no restarting," Chris Heins said.Heins' farm in Higginsville produces 8,000 gallons of milk a day.
Kansas Church Warning
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- In an update to previous reporting KCTV5 News has done, the number of cases and deaths that have been tied to a church gathering in KCK has increased. According to data from Wyandotte County, 44 people in the state were infected after attending the Eastern Kansas Minister's Conference at Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ in Kansas City, Kansas.
Golden Ghetto Gears Up
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Health care workers and first responders in Johnson County will soon have new personal protective equipment to help keep them safe on the front line of the COVID-19 fight. The Johnson County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a contract to buy more than $250,000 of emergency personal protective equipment, according to a news release from the county.
Newspaper Notices Rising Social Media Protest
Demonstrations like the "Operation Gridlock" event that brought traffic to a standstill in Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday are planned for next week in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Topeka to protest local and state COVID-19 shutdown orders.
Public Radio Finally Reports Working Class Harsh Times
Thousands of metro residents are among the 22 million Americans who have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks. But given the existing limitations of state computer systems and phone lines in both Kansas and Missouri's Departments of Labor, there are many who are struggling to get their claims processed.
EPIC QB Lends Helping Hand
Patrick Mahomes' foundation works with KC Public Schools to deliver hygiene kits to students in need
GUSTING UP TO 25 MPH. ROB: IF YOU LIVE IN KANSAS, YOU HAVE AT LEAST 2 MORE WEEKS OF STAYING AT HOME TO FIGHT OFF THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 THE ORIGINAL STATEWIDE ORDER WAS SUPPOSED TO EXPIRE SUNDAY. BUT AS KMBC9'S MARTIN AUGUSTINE EXPLAINS, THAT'S NO LONGER THE CASE.
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