Local stats . . .
KCMO Health Department: As of May, 21 KCMO has recorded 939 positive COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths.
KMBC: "The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 108 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 11,340 since the outbreak began. Health officials also reported 30 more patients died from the virus. There have now been 661 deaths across Missouri from COVID-19."
KAKE: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported an increase of 199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in its first update since Monday, pushing the statewide total to 8,539 since the outbreak started. There have been 178 deaths so far . . . President Trump: Kansas governor doing ‘fantastic job’ on coronavirus
Post-Dispatch: Symptoms or no symptoms, Missouri now pushing COVID-19 tests for all
Fox4: KCPD chief wishes effort behind fighting COVID-19 also went into fighting crime
After the jump, we've got a bevy of news links on the local impact of the plague . . .
Kansas City Crafts Protection
Amid a national shortage, buying PPE in bulk presented a challenge. That's why the city reached out to Made in KC, commissioning a website that would serve as a directory of local businesses making masks, face shields and hand sanitizer.
Kansas City Party Reprise
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Power and Light District is planning to reopen on Friday, and that could include several street cafes. The plan is for 14th Street to be closed to traffic to allow street cafes room to operate. But there could be more on the way depending on what city council decides to [...]
Northland COVID Demise
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Platte County, Missouri, Health Department has reported the county's first COVID-19-related death. In a release Wednesday, the department said the patient was a woman in her 70s who had underlying health conditions. She tested positive for the virus on May 7.
COVID Disaster In The Dotte
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - One of the greatest tragedies of the coronavirus crisis is the toll it has taken on the elderly. In Kansas, one in five deaths occurred at a single long-term care facility: Riverbend Post Acute Rehabilitation Center. Okey Long was one of Riverbend's 36 victims. He was sent to Riverbend in March to recover from a seizure.
Kansas Talks Freedom In The Mist Of Corona Crackdown
TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Protesters are gathering at the Statehouse Thursday afternoon for the "Wake up Kansas" rally. The rally will go from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Statehouse for people to "demand more oversight on Gov. Kelly and less control over our lives," organizers said in a Facebook Event post.
No Curve In Kansas Yet
A team of researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center now have about two months of data to track daily trends in the Kansas City area and across the state of Kansas for COVID-19. In a few key areas, they've started to notice an interesting discovery on their charts.
Fight For Corona Vote
Civil rights groups on Tuesday appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court after a local judge dismissed their lawsuit seeking to allow all Missourians to vote absentee in upcoming elections to help reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus.
Kansas Demands Right To Work After COVID-19
A survey of 500 people released by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce found that Kansans are ready to reopen the state's economy and are concerned about the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.According to the survey, when asked to choose between tightening restrictions on business or loosening them, 77% of the 500 respondents said it is time to proceed with loosening restrictions.
Making Ford Tough Masks
Dozens of General Motors employees who volunteered to work at the company's Kokomo, Indiana, facility will soon be heading back to the Kansas City area as the Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, prepares to resume normal operations.
Kasnas COVID News Silence
GARDEN CITY, Kansas - During a pandemic, local news coverage means more than keeping tabs on the city council or high school sports. The stories published in a newspaper, broadcast on a network TV affiliate or aired on the radio bring critical information about the public health crisis to communities.
Don't Wait On Corona
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Hospitals in the Kansas City metro want parents to know they are taking many steps to keep their families safe if they have to go there.
Show-Me Corona Budget Talks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - COVID-19 has had "devastating impacts" on public health, the economy and state revenues, according to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. Parson said during a press conference on Tuesday that they will have to take a "hard look" at the state budget, and within the next week to 10 days, there will be "withholds" taking place to get through this year alone.
KCFD Earns Testing First
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A month after losing one of their own to COVID-19, the Kansas City Fire Department has become one of the first in the country to make antibody tests available to all of its employees. "It's really just about accessing how many of our employees have been asymptomatic and potentially have had the virus," KCFD Chief Donna Maize said.
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