Tonight we check the numbers and offer an oveview focused on Kansas City metro stories . . .
It's worth noting that, thankfully, the KCMO hasn't suffered a COVID-19 death in three days BUT the number of cases continue to rise as serious questions about reinfections and recovery plauge health officials.
KCMO Health Department: As of April 17, KCMO has recorded 401 positive COVID-19 cases and 12 deaths
Turner Report: COVID-19 cases in Missouri surpass 5,000 - 172 new cases were confirmed increasing the total to 5,283 as 13 Missourians died due to coronavirus over a 24-hour period for a total of 165.
KMBC: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released new data Friday on the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. Health officials said there were 1,705 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in 66 counties with 84 deaths.
After the jump we share 20 IMPORTANT LOCAL STORIES about the pandemic impact on this cowtown . . .
Kansas City Small Biz Community Confront Hardship
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Thursday was tough for many small businesses as the news broke that government's Paycheck Protection Program was out of its initial funding, leaving it unclear what will happen next for financial aid or many struggling businesses. Jose Gutierrez owns a small chain of Casa Mexico restaurants with locations in Belton, Independence and Blue Springs.
Troops Suffer COVID-19
The Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center accounts for dozens of the metro's coronavirus cases, according to statistics published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Fifty-eight people at the medical center have tested positive, according to the department. It's not known how many of those are staff or patients.
EPIC KC Life Lessons
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - You've heard of "The Masked Singer," but have you heard of the masked teacher? One Kansas City educator is making distance learning fun and entertaining. Wednesday nights on FOX4, who's under the mask is always a mystery, but for Mrs. Galoyan's fifth grade class, they always know who's under the costume.
Coronavirus Testing En Español
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Mariana Ramirez, the director for JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health, is calling for more widespread COVID-19 testing among Hispanic residents in Wyandotte County. The latest numbers, she believes, are a bit deceiving. While Latinos make up 28% of Wyandotte County's population, only 15% of positive tests are among the Latino community.
Meth Town Supply Debate
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -- Cities and counties are determining which businesses are considered essential and one Jackson County business reached out to KCTV5 with concerns about its operations being shut down. On the Jackson County government's website it has a long list of businesses considered essential.
Power Play Good News
Amid passionate discussion at times last week about major budget adjustments and how to assist ratepayers amid the pandemic, the Independence City Council also moved forward with a longstanding subject: new electric rates.The council voted 6-1 to install the new simplified rate structure for Independence Power & Light this year, approximately two years after consultants started the rate study.
Across The Bridge: Clay County Shutdown Cont'd
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Officials in Clay County, Missouri have joined Kansas City, Missouri and Jackson County, as well as other metro jurisdictions in extending the stay-at-home order through May 15. Clay County was one of several counties with an existing order that was set to expire on April 24.
Guv Kelly Needs Supplies
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday night that being unable to get supplies to fight the coronavirus outbreak is a big challenge for rural states to reopen as President Donald Trump pushes to revive a stalled US economy.
Jackson County Courthouse Adapts To COVID-19
The Jackson County Circuit Court announced extensions to procedural changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.David M. Byrn, the presiding judge for the 16th Circuit, issued new administrative orders Thursday extending the timeline for modifications made earlier as a stay-at-home order was issued for the county.
Kansas Hopes To Bottom Out
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas plans to start using 3D printers to manufacture its own swabs to test for the novel coronavirus as officials look to improve the state's near-bottom national rank in testing before lifting a stay-at-home order. Gov.
Prison Riot Postscript
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - More staff and inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Friday, 39 staff members and 30 inmates tested positive. This is a spike of at least 30 cases in less than a week.
Show-Me Tragic Leadership
click to enlarge This past week, groups of protesters have begun cropping up all over the country in order to defend their constitutional right to [checks notes] get sick and possibly die from COVID-19, and probably infect their friends and loved ones and strangers, and maybe even kill some of them, too.
Jeff City Advocacy
Green: COVID-19 outbreak in Missouri is disproportionately impacting African-American communities (AUDIO) - Missourinet
The top Democrat on the Missouri House Special Committee on Small Business is calling on the Parson administration to utilize more minority-owned businesses to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. State Rep. Alan Green, D-Florissant, represents north St. Louis County, which has been hit hard by the outbreak.
Kansas Reopen Ruling
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Reopening the economy has become a priority for a growing number of people, including U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a member of the President's Economic Recovery Task Force. Moran is concerned about planned protests next week in both Kansas and Missouri.
Show-Me Coronavirus Return Session For Missouri Politicos
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Republican leadership in the Missouri House of Representatives and the Missouri Senate said Wednesday they plan to resume the 2020 legislative session on April 27. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had ordered the legislature closed in March, but house and senate leaders say it's "critical" they return to session.
Kansas Families Earn Help
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -- The state of Kansas is looking to do more for the people taking care of the families of essential workers. On Friday, Governor Laura Kelly announced a new program called Hero Relief. It will help first responders and others pay for childcare during the pandemic by providing childcare subsidies to healthcare workers and others involved in providing essential services.
Rolling Happy Rock Good Deeds
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Registered nurse Laura Castaneda said her prayers were answered by the generosity of a Gladstone couple who was looking for a way to do their part. Castaneda works at Truman Medical Center Lakewood and said the pandemic has changed her work life significantly.
Coronavirus Costs Hawks Season Of Glory
Hide Transcript Show Transcript BASEBALL TEAM AT ROCKHURST. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES. THIS WAS THE ROCKHURST BASEBALL TEAM LAST YEAR. THIS IS THE SCENE NOW. EACH PLAYER WORKING OUT ON THEIR OWN. FINE DOWN HERE IN MY BASEMENT, HITTING OFF A TEE. I'M TRYING TO KEEP MY FUNGO SKILLS SHARP.
KCPS Teachable Moment
As schools have been ordered to remain closed for the rest of the school year, the Kansas City Public School District continues to work tirelessly to find new ways to serve their students. From food service, digital learning, WiFi hot spots, to virtual check-ins with families and students, KCPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Bedell said his team is doing everything they can to continue to serve their kids.
Local Newsies Celebrate EPIC Giveaway Despite Layoffs
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- We'd like to thank everyone who donated to One KC. Together, you've raised more than a million dollars for the Kansas City Regional COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund. The Hall Family Foundation and the Sunderland Foundation will also donate another million.
Developing . . .