A recent message from Kansas City's Health Department Director offers PPE promotional spin . . .
"Sometimes we lower our flag to half-mast to honor and grieve those who have lost their lives. A new tradition is forming. Wear a mask Face with medical mask when in public to show respect for our fallen residents. Their family and friends will appreciate your act of kindness!"
Meanwhile . . .
Look around and notice fewer masks and locals weary of social distancing practices . . .
AMID DIVISIVE DEBATE OVER THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC: HAS KANSAS CITY LOST MOTIVATION TO CONTINUE FIGHTING AGAINST COVID-19?!?
More bad news . . .
Kansas City, Mo., has hit 1,000 coronavirus cases, the health department announced.
You decide . . .
After the jump we've got more stories on local & nationwide impact of the plague along with more deets on how the KCMO plans to move forward . . .
Mayor Q Fights For Cash
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas says he has asked Jackson County to accelerate a portion of the federal CARES Act funding that the mayor says the city is eligible to receive.
Show-Me Accurate Count
Missouri's state health director on Tuesday confirmed that the state has been lumping together different coronavirus test results in a way that can be misleading, despite saying otherwise multiple times last week. The agency has been combining the results of viral tests, which detect active cases of the virus essentially from the onset of infection, with antibody tests.
COVID Offers More Teachable Moments About Loneliness
KANSAS CITY, MO - Normally the shop at MindDrive would be bustling with young welders, mechanics and software engineers. But during the COVID-19 crisis, the organization for urban teens has been working remotely. Like many educators, Mike Enos and Oz Qureshi miss the activity.
OLATHE, Kan. - A new COVID-19 outbreak has emerged at a Johnson County long-term care facility. As of Tuesday afternoon, 37 people have tested positive for the virus at Villa St. Francis in Olathe. That number includes 22 residents and 15 staff.
MISSION, KS (KCTV) - The Sylvester Powell Junior Community Center is set to open June 8, that's the staff proposal to the city council, but the city is also asking for the public's input before approving the re-opening plan.
Reacting To Rules & Regs
LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - The owner of an athletic center in Lee's Summit is looking for answers as to why only one of her training facilities has been approved for a loan under the federal CARES Act. Lisa Tinkler, of Redline Athletics, said it's all because of how long she's been open - or a lack thereof.
Local Economic Impact Amid Pandemic Hard Times
Battery Maker Says It May Be Forced To Lay Off 1,000 Workers At Plants In Kansas City And Salina, Kansas
A maker of industrial and automotive batteries says it may have to lay off nearly 1,000 workers at its plants in Kansas City and Salina, Kansas, if a sale of the company falls through and it's forced to close down its operations.
Ford Tough Against COVID
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A positive COVID-19 case has paused some production at Ford Motor Company's Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo. The automaker made the announcement Tuesday on the company website, saying it has paused production on the Transit side until the facility can be cleaned.
Golden Ghetto Gets Tested
The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will offer free COVID-19 testing Friday at a drive-thru clinic for any adult member of the community on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College Boulevard Activity Center, 11031 S. Valley Road in Olathe.
Kansas Side Relaxes???
On Tuesday, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a new emergency declaration regarding how the state is handling the coronavirus. Kelly says local officials will decide what happens next in the reopening process in their communities. The governor is hoping city and county leaders will use her Ad Astra reopening plan as guidance moving forward, and that's exactly what Johnson and Wyandotte counties announced Tuesday evening.
Global Infowar Begins
A BBC team tracking coronavirus misinformation has found links to assaults, arsons and deaths. And experts say the potential for indirect harm caused by rumours, conspiracy theories and bad health information could be much bigger. "We thought the government was using it to distract us," says Brian Lee Hitchens, "or it was to do with 5G.
Health officials estimate 40% of coronavirus transmissions happen before symptoms appear. And without proper precautions, summer gatherings can turn into breeding grounds for coronavirus.
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