Right now we're confronted by a deluge of COVID news regarding MORE METRO MASK MANDATES, increased efforts to distribute the vaxx and prep by local biz to cope with yet another decline in biz as fear takes hold.

Check this latest KICK-ASS TKC news compilation . . .

Kansas City mayor asks for mask mandate meeting; Missouri AG doesn't have time

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local mask mandate has sparked a Twitter debate between to political leaders, and soon it could head to the courts. Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said he requested a meeting with Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt one day after Schmitt announced he planned to file a lawsuit over the city's reinstated indoor mask mandate.

Wyandotte County Health Department recommends 6-week mask mandate in public spaces

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Wyandotte County Health Department recommended a six-week mask mandate Thursday night for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. The decision on the mandate is up to the Unified Government's Board of Commissioners.

Center School District to require masks for students, staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Center School District students and staff, as well as anyone on district property, will now be required to wear a mask. District leaders made the announcement Wednesday, hours after Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas announced that the city's indoor mask mandate would be renewed, beginning Aug.

UMKC to require masks regardless of vaccination status

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- The University of Missouri-Kansas City will be requiring masks in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. The requirement will begin Aug. 2 and will apply to students, faculty, staff and visitors. The requirement will stay in place until Sept. 15. At that time, the police will be reevaluated.

North Kansas City School District to require masks starting Aug. 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The largest school district on the Missouri side of the Kansas City area will require all students, staff and visitors to wear masks in its buildings. In a letter to parents, North Kansas City School District officials said the mask requirement will go into effect on Monday, Aug.

Local business reacts to reinstated KC mask mandate

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- Throughout the pandemic, 180V Barbershop in the historic 18th and Vine has been a hub for the community. "I say it all the time, any time a person can fall asleep, and you got a razor on their neck they got a lot of trust in you," said Joey Thomas, the owner of 180V.

Royals to review mask policies at Kauffman Stadium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals plan to use their upcoming road trip to review masking policies at Kauffman Stadium. After the team completes its series today against the Chicago White Sox, team officials will have more than a week to evaluate policies at the stadium before fans return on Aug.

A look at KCMO's mask mandate and what counties in the metro are doing

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- On Wednesday, the CORE 4 met to discuss the latest COVID-19 data for the Kansas City metro. The city/county managers from the City of Kansas City, Missouri; Jackson County, Missouri; Johnson County, Kansas; and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas have been meeting to address various topics since 2010.

Kansas City gym owner says enforcement of mask mandate will be tough

Starting Monday, indoor businesses in Kansas City go back to enforcing a mask mandate. One business owner said she would like to see some changes this time around, but she is not optimistic.Blue Bicycle Health and Fitness in Kansas City survived a tough year. It's back to normal now.

As entertainment events return to Kansas City metro, so do mask orders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From Monday Night Raw to Garth Brooks, events are returning to entertainment venues in Kansas City. This, as an indoor mask mandate goes back in place with the goal of stopping the surge of coronavirus cases. Masks in Kansas City, Missouri are a must for people while indoors.

KC health officials are working to increase COVID vaccination rates as delta variant spreads

A donation to The Beacon goes beyond the newsroom. We amplify community voices, share resources and investigate systems, not just symptoms. The Beacon in your inbox. In-depth reporting delivered every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Health care leaders in Kansas City are working to get more people vaccinated to slow the recent surge of cases in the metro area as the COVID-19 delta variant spreads.

Johnson County moving vaccination clinic to location in Mission

MISSION, KS (KCTV) -- The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will be moving their primary COVID-19 vaccination clinic to Mission. This will start Aug. 2 and the new location will be at the 6000 Lamar Ave. office. Anyone who needs a first or second does of a COVID-19 vaccine will be able to walk in between 8:30 a.m.

North-East library to offer walk-in vaccines

As the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Kansas City Public Library is partnering with KC CARE Health Center to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning August 3, anyone in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one from KC CARE Health Center at the following locations: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.

Springfield officials: Cancelled request for temporary hospital not sign COVID crisis abated * Missouri Independent

A request for a temporary hospital was canceled because the state was too slow to act and local providers made emergency accommodations, not because the Delta variant crisis has diminished, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department said Thursday afternoon. Gov.

Delta variant fills Kansas hospital beds with COVID patients

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A COVID-19 surge in Kansas fueled by the faster-spreading delta variant is filling up hospital beds in some areas. Four times as many patients with confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized this week as were hospitalized in early June, according to a survey from the Kansas Hospital Association.

Missouri governor swears-off mask mandate as he appears on Fox News next to red alarm Covid map of state

Missouri Governor Mike Parsons appeared on Fox News declaring his state would never enact a mask mandate so long as he is in charge. The governor's rejection of any kind of mask mandate was punctuated by a graphic depicting a map of Missouri next to his head, which showed that high coronavirus transmission rates are plaguing virtually the entire state.

COVID-19 pandemic prompts 'exodus of health care workers,' Kansas City doctor says

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an "exodus of health care workers" as low COVID-19 vaccination rates and society opening have pushed hospitals throughout the Kansas City metro to capacity, according to one area health care leader.

Kansas City health director: In some areas, 1 in 6 new cases are breakthroughs

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Kansas City Health Director Dr. Rex Archer says it's tough to trace all the breakthrough cases. Some are so mild they present as allergies. In some communities across Missouri, the number of breakthrough cases might surprise you.

COVID-19 surge strains Kansas City-area hospitals ahead of 'worse' month

KANSAS CITY, Mo - August is projected to see a high number of new COVID-19 cases - possibly higher than any previous wave the Kansas City metro has experienced - based on current infection rates, according to public health officials. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many hospitalized patients were 65 years old or older.

A big picture peek at where this thing might be headed . . .

Capitol Police ordered to arrest staff and visitors not wearing masks after new House mandate

U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) were ordered to start arresting visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask on the House side of the Capitol complex starting Thursday, according to a police memo issued by new USCP Chief Thomas Manger that was obtained by a member of Congress.

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