Kansas City COVID News Collection: Plagued By Doubt

More than anything, the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing less than a test of faith. 

We're getting a first hand look at who/what the public REALLY trusts. 

Actions and reactions amid the global health scare spark an existential question . . . 

What do people REALLY believe in?!?

So far we've seen inspiring courage amid a deluge of fear. There has been a dearth of real leadership but the American public continues to push forward whilst arguing every step of the way. 

And so, www.TonysKansasCity.com shares these local reports and resources as the plague persists . . .

Local COVID Spike & Response

Metro business owners worried as Jackson and Cass counties become COVID-19 hot spots

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Patrick Froman is a co-owner of Fetch, a store located in the West Bottoms with eclectic knick-knacks and vintage clothing. Froman said the start of the pandemic hit them hard and things were just starting to get back to normal. "This could be worse than what we saw in 2020," he said.

Grabby Days Bygone?!?

To shake hands or not? An age-old human gesture now in limbo

As the pandemic took hold, a Kansas City-area meeting and event planning business began hawking "I Shake Hands" stickers to help ease awkward social encounters. "We didn't want the sticker to say, 'We Don't Shake Hands' because that is kind of off-putting," said John DeLeon, vice president of operations and sales at MTI Events, adding that the idea was that anti-shakers could simply choose not to wear one of the stickers.

COVID Spike Amongst NextGen?!?

Kansas City metro continuing to see increase in children getting COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As children head back to school, parents will be addressing some of the same concerns as last year with the added stress that more children are testing positive for the COVID-19 virus and ending up in the hospital.

Another News Outlet Reports Decline

Children's Mercy Hospital: Fewer children are hospitalized with COVID-19

Kansas City's Children's Mercy Hospital says the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 is down, but there are signs of trouble with the summer surge of the virus.The head of the hospital's infectious disease division says they have 11 young patients, half of the hospital's record high from Monday.

Kangaroo Vaxx Rules Debut

UMKC to require students, staff in clinical settings to get vaccinated

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - The University of Missouri-Kansas City says that they will require vaccinations for all faculty, staff and students who work in clinical settings and have direct contact with patients as part of their work or training. They must meet this requirement by Oct. 1.

The Dotte Concentrates Of COVID Fight

Wyandotte County health director says Kansas City needs to remain focused on COVID-19 into fall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas, Health Department director Juliann Van Liew said Tuesday that Kansas City could find itself in a similar situation as last winter if resident's don't take proper COVID-19 precautions.

Today’s Life Lesson In Meth Town

Independence Public School District to require all students to wear masks in schools

The Independence School Board announced Tuesday new COVID-19 measures, requiring all students to wear face masks while inside district facilities.The updated COVID-19 protocol means that students 2 years old and older, as well as all adults, must wear face masks beginning Wednesday.Anyone entering ISD buildings is required to wear a face covering.

Raytown Covered By COVID Rules

Raytown School District to require students, teachers, staff to wear face coverings or masks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Students, teachers and staff in the Raytown School District will wear face coverings or masks when the new school year begins Aug. 23. The district announced it will follow the Jackson County, Missouri, public health order that went into effect Monday .

Many Kansas Students Exposed

Biggest Kansas school district: No mask mandate for students

Kansas' largest school district will not require students and staff to wear masks indoors despite the threat posed by COVID-19's more contagious delta variant.The Wichita school board instead decided to strongly recommend that students and staff wear masks whether or not they've been vaccinated against COVID-19 while requiring visitors to wear masks inside, The Wichita Eagle reports.

Turner Declines Dress Code

No masks required as elementary students return to class in Turner School District

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - School is back in session. One of the first districts in the Kansas City metro area, Turner School District, started classes Tuesday with no masks required. Elementary students had a half day Tuesday. Students in 6th, 7th and 9th grades join them Wednesday, and all other grades will report by Thursday.

Show-Me 1st Responder Resilience

As pandemic surges on, Missouri nurses, health care workers are struggling

As Missouri COVID-19 cases continue to surge from the delta variant, the head of the Missouri Nurses Association says health care workers are struggling to stay physically and emotionally strong.The problem is getting worse in Missouri as more patients are coming into hospitals across the state."The nurses feel like they

COVID Vaxx Boster Rules Coming Soon

FDA set to authorize COVID booster shots for immunocompromised

Federal health officials are soon set to authorize COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for people with weakened immune systems, even though others in the Biden administration say the additional shots might not be necessary, according to a report.

Exceptional Troops Confront New COVID Rules

Pentagon releases religious exemption guidelines for bypassing mandatory vaccine

The Pentagon on Tuesday released guidelines for how service members could request a religious exemption in lieu of getting the coronavirus vaccine. By mid-September, all active-duty forces in the military will be required to get shots in their arms to counter the coronavirus as cases continue to once again increase nationwide.

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