For our late night and early news junkies whom we love most of all, here's an EPIC colleciton and round of today's top COVID-19 news . . . Checkit:
KCMO Health Department: As of April 22, KCMO has recorded 448 positive COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths
KMBC: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Wednesday the Show-Me State has reached 6,137 cases of COVID-19 and 208 deaths reported.
KWCH: Kansas adds 186 infections and reports 2,211 confirmed cases of coronavirus, 110 deaths
UST: Coronavirus lockdown protests risk your health and slow the reopening of U.S. economy
Fox News: Trump pushes back against CDC director's warning about coronavirus second wave
Guardian: Top economist - US coronavirus response is like 'third world' country
Marketwatch: ‘It’s going to be brutal,’ billionaire Mark Cuban says of economy’s recovery from coronavirus, and ‘there’s no way to sugarcoat it’
After the jump we share 20 news stories regarding local coronavirus impact that range from human interest to economic struggles amid the pandemic . . .
Talking Kansas City After Coronavirus Lockdown
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas Citians have responded to the call to do their part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That response has led to profound changes, leaving our communities unsettled in what seemed like just hours. As we continue to navigate the coronavirus' impacts, many are beginning to chart the course forward.
COVID-19 Is Racist
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - African-Americans in Kansas City are four to five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white people, according to Dr. Mark Steele, chief clinical officer at Truman Medical Center. That's why the hospital is responding by bringing testing into urban core neighborhoods.
Coronavirus Harsh Times Hit Ooooooolathe
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing Olathe city government to make cuts to its budget, including furloughing city employees. The city announced on its website Wednesday night that it will implement citywide furloughs except for frontline police officers and firefighters, according to a news release posted on its website.
Kansas City Rent At Risk
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A single Kansas City mother of three is feeling the impact of coronavirus pandemic after losing her job. She said because she lost her job, she's also being denied a place to stay. "They [apartment management] notified me, at this current time because you no longer have a full-time job, you can't move into the apartment," Jessica Fulghem-Jarmon said.
The Dotte Recovers???
The Kansas City metro area continues to deal to stay-at-home orders that have been issued to help combat the spread of COVID-19.What you need to know:The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday the state has 2,025 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and there have been 107 deaths.The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Tuesday 189 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state and there are 5,941 confirmed cases.Stay-at-home orders are now in effect for both Kansas and Missouri.WEDNESDAY8:47 a.m.
New Midtown Testing Tech
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A key to winning the battle against the coronavirus is testing, so more and more drive-up testing locations are popping up across the metro. But what if you don't have a car? St. Luke's Hospital on the Plaza is now offering walk-thru testing, courtesy of a metro engineering firm that found a solution.
Essential Meth Town Debate
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) - Another business in Independence is asking why it was deemed nonessential. Last week KCTV5 News told you about a store supplying shoes to essential workers we helped to reopen. E. Edwards Workwear in Independence sells shoes, hard hats and clothing to essential workers.
COVID-19 Cavity Creeps
KANSAS CITY, Mo - Things are changing quickly in the COVID-19 crisis, and that applies to the dental profession, too. Dentists who first thought they could only perform emergency procedures recently found out they can open their practices for all services. But is that a good idea?
Rock Chalk Treatment Planning
Cancer patients being treated at the University of Kansas Health System are being asked to take the COVID 19 test. The tests are being done to protect the medical team and the patient. Patients testing positive would have the treatment plans modified.
Golden Ghetto Coronavirus Hot Spot Investigation
by: FOX 4 Newsroom Posted: / Updated: JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - As many as 13 long-term care facilities have had positive coronavirus cases and deaths as a result, an official with the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment told FOX4. Across the facilities, 96 people have tested positive.
Life Lesson In Local Help
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Right now, families are juggling online learning, working from home and making sure kids are fed. School districts across the metro are stepping in to provide free meals throughout the day. Kanbe's Markets, a local nonprofit that works to provide fresh produce in food desert areas, is doing its part to help families in need as well.
Show-Me Tech Protection
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) - Governor Mike Parson announced Wednesday that health officials in Missouri will start using a tool from search-giant Google to connect health care workers with personal protective equipment. State health officials worked with the Missouri Hospital Association to develop the tool, which will better connect hospital with Missouri-based manufactures and suppliers.
Frontline On The Job Training
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday relaxed some medical licensing restrictions to help meet the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly announced at her daily press conference that she'd signed Executive Order 20-26, which consists of four parts meant to help Kansas health care facilities meet emergency response needs.
COVID-19 Prison Talk
KANSAS CITY, Mo - In a letter to his parents, an inmate recently described what conditions are like inside the Lansing Correctional Facility. Two weeks ago, inmates held a riot at the state prison, saying they're not receiving proper treatment as COVID-19 spreads throughout the facility.
Show-Me Eager Reopen
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said that "recent data" shows the state's number of novel coronavirus cases is starting to stabilize and that the state has been able to "flatten the curve." Dr. Robin Trotman, of Cox Health in Springfield, said he is "enthusiastic" about how the public has understood the consequences of shelter-at-home ordinances.
Track Heartland Curve
We're tracking the curve of coronavirus cases and coronavirus-related deaths that have occurred in Missouri and Kansas. The data shows the total number of COVID-19 cases along with the number of COVID-19 cases per day. In addition, it includes the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 complications along with the number of deaths from coronavirus occurring daily.
Sharing Kansas City Hobo Shelter In Place Salvation
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Salvation Army won't be holding any camps at Three Trails this summer due to coronavirus, so they offered their facilities to help the homeless community. Booth Lodge will be used as a quarantine center for people who don't have a home to which to retreat.
JoCo 1st Responder Winning
An Overland Park Fire Department employee has been released from the hospital after battling COVID-19.The department said in a statement on March 26 that an administrative staff member who is not routinely involved with emergency response or patient care tested positive for coronavirus.
Local School Bus Tech Redux
"These are the hot spots right here," said John Styers, chief executive officer of Transportant.Transportant works with several area and national school districts putting Wi-Fi in the school buses.
Kansas City Forecasting Confronts Change In The Air
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - Here's an impact of the coronavirus you might not have considered: weather forecasts! The decrease in air travel has actually robbed weather forecasters of some of the data they need. Think back to that time when you were still getting on planes.
And this is the OPEN THREAD for tonight . . .