Saturday, April 25, 2020

Politically Divided Kansas City Struggles To Unite Amid Ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic



Beyond slogans and warm sentiments, we've learned that Kansas City is just as divided as the entire nation despite pandemic danger and the shadow of death more apparent in every day life.

In this post we collect some of the more important local coronavirus stories and a few items that reflect growing political divisions during this time of plague . . .


More Deets On NYT Coverage Of Kansas City Confusion

Local city leaders hold meeting, find themselves quoted in NYT article

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A number of local city leaders and health officials were shocked to learn that a private meeting they had about coronavirus is now blown wide open in the New York Times.


Local Doc Leads Cure Efforts

Worldwide clinical drug trial for COVID-19 led by a doctor at Saint Luke's

In the search for a treatment for COVID-19, there is a worldwide clinical drug trial led by a doctor at Saint Luke's.One of the most disturbing things about COVID-19 is there are no known treatments. Scientists are racing to find one. Dapagliflozin is one drug that is getting attention.


Powerful Gesture Toward Kansas City Po’folk

Need utility help? Mid America Assistance Coalition wants to help

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mid America Assistance Coalition provides social services in the Kansas City area. Now, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, its working to spread the word about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.


Kansas Earns Testing Cash

$21 million coming to Kansas to expand COVID-19 testing

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Millions of dollars more in federal aid is headed to Kansas after President Trump signs $484 billion in additional assistance for small businesses and hospitals. The new money replenishes the depleted Paycheck Protection Program, provides more money to hospitals fighting the pandemic and expands testing capacity, which has become a big [...]


Show-Me Job Crisis

Unemployed looking for help in Missouri hit roadblocks

INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) - About one in six Americans have lost a job in the last five weeks and most will receive some help in the form of unemployment benefits. But that's not the story for Angela Miller of Independence. When the new year started, Angela was full of hope and optimism.


Prez Trump Pushes Back Against Testing Complaints

Trump sees partisan scheme in calls for ramped up virus testing

Late last week, Vice President Mike Pence held a conference call with senators, and by all accounts, it didn't go especially well. The discussion, not surprisingly, turned to the need for ramped up coronavirus testing, and senators were not altogether pleased to hear the White House didn't have a national plan.


More Stimulus Coming Soon

House passes $484 billion relief package after weeks of partisan battles

The House approved a nearly $500 billion coronavirus rescue package that delivers emergency aid to small businesses and hospitals after two weeks of negotiations between party leaders and the White House. The bill will provide an immediate $321 billion infusion for the Paycheck Protection Program, the small business rescue fund that ran out of money last week.


COVID-19 Crop Damage

Farmers are worried about going under. That could put fruit and vegetables in short supply

March is typically Kate McClendon's busiest month. But that changed with the coronavirus pandemic. Her family farm, McClendon's Select, in Peoria, Arizona, supplies organic fruits and vegetables to about 90 restaurants, which normally receive a flood of customers with the spring weather.


Golden Ghetto COVID-19 Outbreak Stats Revealed

Johnson County reports 114 cases, 26 deaths at nursing homes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - At least 26 people have died from COVID-19 at long-term care facilities in Johnson County , according to data from the county's Department of Health and Environment. There also have outbreaks of at least six positive cases at seven different Johnson County long-term care facilities.


Cowtown Head Check

Mental health experts concerned pandemic could lead to more suicide attempts

Mental health professionals are concerned that the pandemic could lead to more suicide attempts."The concern is that people may be so fearful to go to the hospital that they are not going at all," said Dr. Mitchell Douglass, medical director at KU's Marillac campus, where youth four to 17 years old receive mental health treatment and suicide prevention.The hospital right now is seeing half its normal number of patients.


Sound System Support

Kansas City Symphony continues to pay musicians despite lost season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As the coronavirus leaves a path of devastation in its wake, many within the performing arts industry are focused simply on survival with concert venues, dance halls and opera houses closed. The Kansas City Symphony announced Thursday that the rest of its season, which usually runs through June, would be canceled due to stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Faith Community Helps Families Overcome COVID-19

Website connects KC churches to families needing help during pandemic

The pandemic has caused families to worry about food and housing. Families have even split up because they don't have anywhere to go.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it would be nice if there was really as much unity as some of the nicer stories suggest.

There are really great people doing wonderful things to help their neighbors during this time of need.

Unfortunately, very few of them hold elected office.