There's a big public meeting over Mayor Q's mask mandate and it's not a conspiracy theory to contend that the outcome is a forgone conclusion.

A few highlights we expect . . .

- There will be a middle-class white lady Karen who says something EXTREMELY CRAY which will make her a social media pariah for about 12 hours.

- A medical pro will blame Prez Trump and his minions for all of the death that she has witnessed . . . It works better if it's a nurse because a doctor's testimony might screw with a golf schedule. 

- Amid bitter fighting, the calm & cool dress code order of Mayor Q will resonate above the sick & sickening plebs. 

And the KCMO mask mandate will likely persist . . .

We'll start with a new preview and then share a www.TonysKansasCity.com round-up some of the more interesting COVID news we're checking . . .

KCMO leaders to debate extending mask order Wednesday night

Leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, will meet Wednesday night to discuss extending the city's current mask mandate. Mayor Quinton Lucas wants to extend the mask order well into next month.In anticipation of a lot of people wanting to weigh-in on the issue, Wednesday night's meeting has been scheduled to happen in the auditorium of Kansas City's Police Academy.

New law allows Kansas Citians to sound off on indoor mask requirement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A new Missouri law will allow Kansas Citians to tell a city committee what they think about extending the municipal mask mandate. The Transportation, Infrastructure and Operations committee is considering extending the indoor mask mandate until nearly the end of September because of surging numbers of COVID-19 patients filling area hospital beds.

KCMO council committee to discuss extending city's mask mandate in special meeting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas City, Missouri, officials will hold a special meeting on Wednesday evening, to discuss whether or not to recommend the city extend its current mask mandate . Last week, KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas introduced legislation that would extend the mandate until Sept. 23, if passed.

And here's the litany of local COVID mostly bad news . . .

Children's Mercy: 20 children hospitalized with COVID-19

Children's Mercy Hospital said it is seeing more COVID-19 than ever before. Twenty children are hospitalized with the disease, including seven in the intensive care unit.COVID-19 is affecting kids of all ages, even otherwise healthy children are getting sick.

'It dictates your day': Metro COVID-19 'long hauler' encouraging others to take virus seriously

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After a long summer of experiencing debilitating COVID-19 symptoms, Debra Carter said she will finally become a patient at the Truman Medical Centers Long-Haulers clinic. She said the only thing she wants, is her old life back.

A Kansas Doctor Tells The Story Of Sending Her Critically Ill COVID Patient 570 Miles Away

Last Thursday, the 25-bed hospital in Abilene, Kansas, sent a patient 570 miles away by air ambulance to Wisconsin. Like many rural hospitals, Memorial Health System does a bit of everything. But it doesn't have an intensive care unit. In a pre-pandemic world, anyone needing critical care got transferred to Salina Regional Health Center, 30 miles away.

KS, MO announces COVID vaccine booster shots for immunocompromised

Missourians who are moderately to severely immunocompromised can now get a third dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines."It really not be considered a booster but rather a primary attempt protecting that patient population," said Dr. Joseph McGuirk, Division Director, Hematologic Malignancies and Cellular Therapeutics and Medical Director, Blood

Kansas health officials report 62 deaths from COVID-19 since Monday | Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA - Steve Stites, chief medical officer at the University of Kansas Health System, says the low rate of vaccination from COVID-19 and a lack of social distancing or wearing a face covering has allowed the delta variant to bring "so much of this country to its knees."

Turner School District votes to impose mask mandate 6 days into new school year

KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -- The Turner School District has voted to impose a mask mandate just six days into the school year. The school year started last week with masks optional for students and teachers. But due to a surge in positive COVID cases in the district, masks will now be required indoors.

Johnson County Community College changes policy, will require masks indoors on campus

Note: The Shawnee Mission Post is making much of its local coverage of the coronavirus pandemic accessible to non-subscribers. (If you value having a news source covering the situation in our community, we hope you'll consider subscribing here.) Beginning Tuesday, Aug. 17, Johnson County Community College will again require masks indoors for any individual inside its facilities.

Masks still a gray area in Independence, where council voted down mandate

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - In the beginning of the pandemic, cities and jurisdictions across the Kansas City area all stayed consistent with mandates. Now, cities like Independence have gone their own way. Business owners and city leaders say these decisions are not easy.

Two KCPL branches reopen after positive COVID-19 case last week

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many school districts will return to the classroom next week for a new school year, but many schools are facing a shortage of teachers and substitutes. For years, the state of Missouri has endured a teacher shortage, but state leaders say COVID made the lack of educators more prominent.

Short-Staffed, Fatigued And Filling Up, Kansas Hospitals Struggle Again With COVID Surge

The calls in search of a bed come from hospitals in Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas. "At this point, we have to kindly decline," said Chuck Welch, the vice president at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System. "We can't help them." The hospital has its own problems. So do scores of hospitals across the region.

Johnson County Sheriff will not test unvaccinated employees weekly, but county will

JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. - The Johnson County, Kansas Sheriff said he will not be going by a new COVID-19 policy for Johnson County employees. However, he doesn't have to. Johnson County will begin requiring weekly COVID-19 testing for county employees beginning next week.

Wyandotte County begins offerings third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised people

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Unified Government Public Health Department is now offering third doses of the COVID-19 Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to individuals who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised." Beginning Wednesday, UGPHD will offer an additional third dose to immunocompromised people who were already fully vaccinated with a Pfizer or Moderna two-dose vaccine.

KCMO Health Department to offer vaccines at Planet Comicon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Planet Comicon-goers may shed some of their intricately-crafted clothing, weaponry and other accessories to get their COVID-19 vaccine this weekend. Planet Comicon runs Friday through Saturday at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The KCMO Health Department plans to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to those in attendance.

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